holy moly

\ ˈhō-lē-ˈmō-lē How to pronounce holy moly (audio) \

Definition of holy moly

used to express surprise, amazement, or bewilderment Nate Tyler was finishing off his salmon dinner at a restaurant in Sydney last spring when suddenly the lights went out. The eatery went dark, along with much of downtown, including the city's famous opera house. "I thought; 'Holy moly, this is gorgeous!' You could see stars in the sky," he said. "The restaurant used candles. It was atmospheric. The food tasted better."— John M. Glionna"… when I saw the way he handled the puck, like top guys in the NHL, I said, Holy moly, this guy is good."— Michel GouletI really didn't believe I was having a baby until I felt his head crowning. And then, holy moly, there he was—a slippery, squalling little miracle lying in my arms.— Shannon Brownlee

First Known Use of holy moly

1892, in the meaning defined above

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“Holy moly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holy%20moly. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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