Cor Blimey : Phrases
An exclamation of surprise.
A euphemism (specifically a minced oath) derived from 'God blind me'.
First recorded in print in Barrère and Leland's A dictionary of slang, jargon and cant 1888–90, 1897.
An alternative spelling was used, slightly earlier, by Arthur Morrison in A child of the Jago, 1896:
"Gawblimy, not what?"
It is also sometimes spelled gorblimey.
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