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Expressing surprise or alarm.
- ‘Anyway, the reason I mention this is that over the last few days, I've got the feeling that I am in danger of beginning to trash myself (oo-er misses).’
- ‘I'm trying to persuade Truth Decay to get back together for a gig so we can play with them (oo-er!).’
- ‘There's an action moment, a reflective moment, a sex scene (oo-er) and a twist all in one.’
- ‘Believe me, she has three strapping lads, all in their mid twenties, much bigger than I am and none of them dare to give their mum any lip (Rather like the Krays - oo-er).’
- ‘Maybe I got lost a couple of times in the sheer scope of the thing, a little confused (I think I'll follow it better on second viewing, as I did with FOTR), but there were scenes that worked brilliantly and, oo-er, that Shelob is a babe!’
- ‘Second word… um… oo-er that's a bit rude, what is that?’
- ‘I've been spending a lot of time on there and I think some of it has rubbed off (oo-er!).’
- ‘In much the same way as some people being able to wiggle their ears, can some people ‘wiggle their glands’ (oo-er)?’
- ‘Maybe lots of people think that when I email them… oo-er.’
- ‘It has better beer than the Highgate, not to mention an attractive back garden (oo-er), decent grub, brilliant staff and a proper old-fashioned atmosphere.’
Early 20th century: from the interjections ooh and er.
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