Green’s Dictionary of Slang

lord love...! excl.

also lor’ love...! love...!

a mild oath.

Richardson Charles Grandison III 208: As to the brandy, you can have that in a jiffy — but the steak, Lord love you, the old ooman won’t stand it at this time; but there's a cold round.
Padlock II i: Lord love you, you’re a well-looking young man.
Brothers I ix: Lord love you, Captain Ironsides, ’twas a barrel of beef to a biscuit, the wind had not shifted so direct contrary as it did .
[UK]Foote Nabob in Works (1799) II 318: Lord love your queer face!
[UK]M. Robinson Walsingham II (1805) 283: ‘Lord love your silly noddle!’ cried the turnkey.
[UK]Morn. Chron. (London) 6 June 1/5: Lord love ye! it was a sight to see ’em [...] ’longside the petticoats.
[UK]M. Scott Tom Cringle’s Log (1862) 330: Lord love us!—poisoned—Oh, gemini!
[UK]Swell’s Night Guide 65: You staggs my queer togs, and thinks I’m chatty; but Lord love you! I never had a chat in my mortal days.
[UK]Trollope Three Clerks (1869) 98: Lord love you, Mr. Scott, now it’s your time.
[UK]M.E. Braddon Trail of the Serpent 191: Lor love you, sir, regular jolly, with the exception of bein’ rather warm.
[UK]J.K. Jerome Three Men in a Boat 278: Lor love you! me and the missus we listens to ’em all day now. It’s what you’re used to, you know.
[Aus] ‘Welsher’s Confession’ in Seal (1999) 143: Lor’ love me, I’ve got the pain in my stomach still that his wooden leg caused.
[UK]Sporting Times 8 Feb. 6/1: Lord love ’im. [...] I know’s ’im better than he know’s hisself.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 27 Jan. 2/5: Maud Matilder, lord luv yer ole gums, yer look a reglar ’igh flyer.
[UK]E.W. Hornung Amateur Cracksman (1992) 102: ‘Lod love yer,’ cried Crawshay, ‘’e knew nothin’.’.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 28 Apr. 10/3: Lor’ luv me, ain’t I dirty?
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 6 Sept. 36/1: ‘But love me,’ he continued, growing suddenly ferocious again, ‘I can’t stand smoogers!’.
[UK]Marvel 12 Nov. 6: Luv us! raspberry jam; you are torfs.
[UK]A.N. Lyons Arthur’s 246: Come ’ere, ole pal, an’ be kicked fur a stinkin’ swine, Lor’ love you!
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 17 Sept. 30/1: He is the queerest little cuss / That ever wind blew through. / He cocks his head just like an owl, / And, love us! what a tongue!
[UK]‘Taffrail’ Pincher Martin 226: ‘Lord love us!’ Mr. Menotti ejaculated.
[Aus]E. Dyson ‘Mickie Mollynoo’ ‘Hello, Soldier!’ 43: ‘Lor love yeh, ole John Hop,’ sez I, ‘yiv buried me in debt.’.
[UK]W. Watson Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day (2000) 133: ‘Lord love you, no,’ said Miss La Fosse, shocked.
[UK]R. Llewellyn None But the Lonely Heart 96: ‘Oh, lord love us,’ says Henry.
[UK]G. Kersh Fowlers End (2001) 16: Mrs. Godbolt, Lord love me —.

In exclamations

lord love-a-duck! (also love a duck! love-a-Peter!)

a mild excl. of surprise etc.

Man of the World (London) 21 Dec. n.p.: ‘Love a duck! ’Ere, five to four I’ll take?’ But no business resulted.
[UK]Marvel XV:388 Apr. 11: ‘Love a duck!’ cried the proprietor.
[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 15 June 3/5: ‘Luvaduck, Jim, that true you’ve been eased o’ your parcel in the crowd?’.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘As Good As New’, Sporting Times 21 Jan. 1/4: ‘Love a duck!’ bleated Flibbs.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘A Derby Bet’ Sporting Times 28 May 1/3: ‘Loveaduck!’ cried the exile from Epsom. ‘Are you really intending to part?’.
[Aus]Truth (Melbourne) 6 June 2/4: Strike me pink! likewise love a duck!
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 170: Lord love a duck, he said, look at what I’m standing drinks to! Cold water and gingerpop!
[Aus]C.J. Dennis ‘’Ave a ’Eart!’ in Rose of Spadgers 73: ‘’Ere! ’Ave a ’eart!’ ’e sez. ‘Why, love a duck!’.
[UK]F. Jennings Tramping with Tramps 160: Lor, love-a-duck, ’ark at ’im!
[UK]J.G. Brandon Gang War 161: Luvaduck! It’s comin’ to sunnick when they starts layin’ for you!
[UK]‘Henry Green’ Caught (2001) 113: Gawd love a duck, ’urry or it’ll be all gone.
[UK](con. 1919) R. Westerby Mad in Pursuit 16: Peace! What a day. Lord love a duck.
[UK]D. Bolster Roll On My Twelve 125: Cor love a duck, catch me marrying!
[Aus]P. White The Ham Funeral in Four Plays (1965) 43: Luvva duck...
[UK]C. Harris Three-Ha’Pence to the Angel 48: That’ll be the day, eh? [...] Love a duck. [Ibid.] 66: Well, Gord love a duck, I said it was cold enough ...
[US]H. Gold Man Who Was Not With It (1965) 25: Love-a-Peter, now you’re for insulting your momma.
[UK]C. Stead Cotters’ England (1980) 92: Oh, lord lovaduck, it’s Tom.
[UK]Wodehouse Much Obliged, Jeeves 91: She uttered an awed ‘Lord love a duck!’.
[US]E. Weiner Howard the Duck 119: ‘Lord love a duck!’ he groaned.
[UK]D. Widgery Some Lives! 106: He’s from an age when young women were called Vera and said ‘Lord Luv A Duck’.
[UK]J. Meades Empty Wigs (t/s) 770: ‘Oh luvaduck Miss you don’t think it was him. No. Not in a million years’.