Definition of uh-oh in English:


(also oh-oh)


  • Used to express alarm, dismay, or realization of a difficulty.

    ‘“Uh-oh! Take cover!”’
    • ‘You lock it up outside a store and you see the kids crowd round and think uh-oh.’
    • ‘I thought, uh-oh, they're going to gentrify the place.’
    • ‘Gruy goes to the online site to book the tickets for the movies, but uh-oh, there is a slight problem.’
    • ‘Their hooks are amazing, their harmonies are catchy, their instrumentation is precise, but - uh-oh - their lyrics are preteen angst ridden love ballads.’
    • ‘Well, of course the lawyers went in and they looked at the contract and thought, uh-oh, it's in there, you know?’
    • ‘This is a serious situation and all you can say is uh-oh!’
    • ‘So I as sat watching this film, drenched in tears, I thought: uh-oh, if anyone sees me like this, it's not going to be good for my image.’
    • ‘And I went uh-oh, they're going to test the hydrogen bomb.’
    • ‘And if he'd call you up there, it was like, uh-oh, I might be in trouble.’
    • ‘But, uh-oh, it hits an unexpected pocket of big crystal filled ‘empty space’, which turns out to be a humongous geode floating in the murky mantle.’
    • ‘Since the Bloc supported it, that means that… uh-oh… a majority of federalist MPs voted against the motion.’
    • ‘When Christine Hakim's eyes glaze over and her voice trembles when she talks about the conflict in Aceh, the first thought might be, uh-oh, here comes a touch of the crying game to get her point across.’
    • ‘And then when we separated, I began to really study it, and I thought, uh-oh, I don't know.’
    • ‘Now one must assume that this new compiler must have passed the stringent new security auditing that Microsoft has made so much noise about - uh-oh!’
    • ‘The next day I went shopping for the latest model, but when I tried to download my programs - uh-oh!’
    • ‘My predecessors did a great job, and I am hoping to continue to do so (although I will have to learn quick and fast how to use various design packages - uh-oh…).’
    • ‘But I've never, ever heard a sound like this before; it wasn't just the usual uh-oh nervous whine a dog makes during a bad dream, it was the canine equivalent of terror and utter sorrow.’
    • ‘A surge of adrenaline shot through Lieberman as he thought: This is what I hoped for, this is what I dreamed about and, uh-oh, this is just the beginning of a long and grueling ordeal that can end who knows where.’
    • ‘‘Um, uh-oh,’ Charlie said, looking over to me as I sat there fuming.’
    • ‘I must confess, when I saw him, I thought, uh-oh, we're in trouble here.’



/ˈə ˌō/