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holy

adjective uk   /ˈhəʊ.li/ us    /ˈhoʊ-/

holy adjective (RELIGIOUS)

C1 related to a religion or a god: holy scriptures/rites very religious or pure: a holy person

holy adjective (FOR EMPHASIS)

holy cow, mackerel, shit, etc.! mainly US informal used to show surprise, fear, etc.: Holy cow! How did you get that black eye?
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