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Old-fashioned expressions of surprise

gosh

interjection

used for showing that you are surprised or a little annoyed

crikey

interjection

used for expressing surprise or anger

golly

interjection

used for expressing surprise or slight worry

bless my soul/bless me/well I’m blessed

used for showing surprise

by God/gum/Jove etc

used for emphasizing what you are saying or for expressing surprise

for the love of God

used when you are very angry or shocked

as I live and breathe

used for expressing surprise

by gum

used for showing surprise or pleasure

cripes

interjection

used for expressing surprise or anger

crumbs

interjection

used for expressing surprise

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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