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oh1

Syllabification: oh

exclamation

Used to express a range of emotions including surprise, anger, disappointment, or joy, or when reacting to something that has just been said: “Oh no,” said Daisy, appalled Me? Oh, I’m fine oh, shut up
More example sentences
  • Oh no, there's only back seats left!

Origin

mid 16th century: variant of O3.

Phrases

oh boy

1
Used to express surprise or excitement.
Example sentences
  • Boy, oh boy, was I in for a surprise!
  • Oh boy, they've already gotten together.
  • Boy, oh boy, I can't wait until the whole story comes out.

oh well

2
Used to express resignation: oh well, please yourself
More example sentences
  • It recalls nutritionists' warnings about salads being just as caloric as double burgers, but oh well.
  • You have to prep really intelligently, be prepared for saying oh well, we're not doing this now.
  • I wish I'd kept reading up on dreams and sleep so I could have better answered him, but oh well.

oh yeah?

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oh2

Syllabification: oh

noun

Variant spelling of O1 (sense 2).

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OH3

Syllabification: OH

abbreviation

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OH4

Syllabification: OH

noun

informal
A person’s wife, husband, or partner (used in electronic communication): I often go to gigs on my own as my OH doesn’t have the same musical tastes as me
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  • Her OH is such a career-driven bloke - he spends 50% of the year working abroad.
  • I know his OH won't want to get involved.
  • I would love my OH to do a healthy diet/exercise regime with me

Origin

1990s: abbreviation of other half.

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