stap me! excl.
an oath orig. popular among upper-class dandies.
|Fire and Water! (1790) 25: Stab me! I don’t believe the French admiral’s taste is only for contemplation.|
|Graphic (London) 9 July 11/1: ‘Come in, gentlemen; stap me, come in’.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 26 Sept. 15/4: A line of 27 telegraph poles ran through the paddock. Stap me if he didn’t ringbark every one of them.|
|Dly Mirror 6 Dec. 23/3: [cartoon caption] Sta[ me! Now I can pluck myelf an armful of chaste charmer.|
|Good Morning (London) 11 Sept. 3/3: [cartoon caption] Safe!! — Stap me — that was a close call.|
|Death of a Barrow Boy 58: Well, stap me!|
|Concrete Kimono 191: ‘Stap me!’ the intrigued Uncle Steve said increduously.|
|Indep. Rev. 20 Mar. 3: Stap me!|