holy mackerel

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of holy mackerel

informal
used to say that one is very surprised, pleased, or excited
  • Holy mackerel! You got your hair cut!

Word by Word Definitions

holy play
  1. : exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness

  2. : divine

  3. : devoted entirely to the deity or the work of the deity

mackerel play
  1. : a scombroid fish (Scomber scombrus of the family Scombridae) of the North Atlantic that is green above with dark blue bars and silvery below and is a commercially important food fish

  2. : any of various fishes (such as the wahoo and king mackerel) in the same family as the mackerel especially when distinguished from the related bonito or tuna by a comparatively smaller size


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