used when you are upset, disappointed, annoyed, worried, or surprised about something bad that has happened or something wrong that you have done
Oh dear, I’m afraid I’ve spilt your coffee.
Oh dear, what’s the matter?
(oh) dear me old-fashioned: Dear me, that’s not a very nice thing to say!
dear, oh dear old-fashioned: Dear, oh dear, I didn’t realize it was that serious!
dear, dear old-fashioned: Dear, dear, is that what you really believe?
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