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holyadjective

uk   /ˈhəʊ.li/  us   /ˈhoʊ.li/
  • holy adjective (FOR EMPHASIS)

holy cow/mackerel/smoke! (also offensive holy shit) mainly US informal
used to show that you think something is surprising, shocking, or impressive: Holy cow! How did you get that black eye?
(Definition of holy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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holyadjective

 us   /ˈhoʊ·li/
  • holy adjective (GOOD)

considered to be pure or good because of being related to what a religion values: holy scriptures Jerusalem is a holy city to Christians, Muslims, and Jews.
  • holy adjective (EMPHASIS)

infml used to emphasize another word, and sometimes to avoid swearing: My nephew is a holy terror (= a child who behaves very badly).
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