a general abstract intensifier, implying quantity, strength, essence etc; synon. with hell, the phr. (3) .
|Sel. Letters (1981) 604: I wish the christ I owned him.letter 14 Nov. in Baker|
|Glass Canoe (1982) 75: I lob home, and next thing she’s abusing Christ outta me.|
|Christine 484: I’m going to get into Christine and we’re going to motivate right the Christ out of this one-timetable town.|
|Long Gray Line (1990) 154: A promise to ‘clobber the living Jesus Christ out of you.’.|
(Aus.) to beat severely.
|Jim Brady 154: I’ll belt the Christ outa yer!|
|Burn 16: Gunner bashed Christ out of him. Knocked him silly.|
a general intensifier; usu. as wish to Christ.
|Ulysses 91: I wish to Christ he did!|
|(con. 1916) Her Privates We (1986) 4: Wish to Christ they’d get a move on.|
|in By Himself (1974) 446: I hope to Christ the next cold I get knocks me off and then you will know what real hardship is.|
|Tropic of Cancer (1963) 107: I wish to Christ I could stop thinking about myself.|
|Walk in Sun 121: I wish to Christ we had a mortar.|
|Of Love And Hunger 170: I made a bolt for the exit. I hoped to Christ Sukie hadn’t played another double shuffle on me.|
|Little Sister 103: I hope to Christ this doesn’t mean Sunny Moe Stein’s mob have started in business again.|
|(con. 1944) Rats in New Guinea 174: I wish to Christ I was going with you.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn 117: He wished to krist he could take the sounds and shove them up her ass.|
|Pimp 22: I have wished to Christ [...] that the lunatic lovers had left me in Rockford.|
|Stand (1990) 257: I’m getting to Christ out of here. [Ibid.] 918: I wish to Christ I hadn’t left him behind.|
|Too Many Crooks Spoil the Caper 121: They didn’t know me and I hoped to Christmas that was the way it was going to stay.|
|Tip on a Dead Crab 208: I swear to Christ I’ll go straight from here to the stewards and the police.|
|London Fields 26: I wished to Christ I could do Keith’s voice.|
Proper name in slang uses
(US) a general derog. description, lit. ‘bitten by Christ’, i.e. fanatically religious.
|L.M.8046 144: ‘God damn those Christ-bitten .... Hope to hell we get another chance at them before we clear out!’.|
|Adventures of a Young Man 257: The boys in Slade Country was f—d and now here was this christbitten hellbound party line f—g them proper.|
|Home Is Sailor 95: She’s Christ-bitten. She thinks I need saving.|
|Run For Home (1959) 169: Nuthin’ to do and nuthin’ to drink on Sunday in this Christ-bitten place!|
|Globe and Mail (Toronto) 3 Aug. F3: That was when his father, although not Catholic, sent his son to a Jesuit high school to live with what Mr. Moriarty now calls ‘the Christ-bitten winos’.|
1. a derog. term for a Jew [the teaching by trad. Christianity that the Jews killed Christ].
|Manchester Gardian 17 Apr. 6/4: The petition at the Town hall was carried by ‘catter-wauling mountebanks and hireling Christ-killers’.|
|Knickerbocker 46 629: Often have we heard a Jewish child in our city sneered at by other urchins as a ‘little Christ-killer’.|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor IV 223/1: They [i.e. ‘bunters’] was mostly Christ-killers, and chousing a Jew was no sin.|
|inJew in Old Amer. Folklore (1961) 10: Get out, you bloody Christ-killer.|
|Sydney Sl. Dict. (2 edn) 2: Chousing a Christkiller - Swindling a Jew (there used to be a prevailing superstition that it’s no sin.) Or, Having a Christkiller.|
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
|Dark Laughter 278: Boys who were ragging one of the Jewish boys. They followed him along a street shouting, ‘Christ-killer!’.|
|(con. 1910s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 130: ‘Sa-ay, Christ Killer!’ Johnny said to his man.Young Lonigan in|
|World to Win 146: A damned Christ-killer kike asking all sorts of questions.|
|Thieves Like Us (1999) 41: I called him a Christ-killer and a few other things.|
|Augie March (1996) 12: We were chased, stoned, bitten and beat up for Christ-killers.|
|George S. Kaufman, An Intimate Portrait n.p.: You goddamn Christ killer.|
|Oz ser. 1 ep. 3 [TV script] You don’t have a problem with me being Jewish? [...] You don’t think of me as a Christ-killer or anything like that?‘God's Chillin’|
|Dean’s World 19 Mar. [blog] You know, I’ve been around Christians of just about every stripe my entire life, and I have never in my entire life heard the words ‘Christ killer’ come out of anyone but Jews.|
|Life During Wartime 106: ‘Stop calling him kid, Christkiller [...] It’s too bad the Krauts didn’t get all of you’.‘Hot Rod Heart’ in|
2. a noisy political orator [the majority of such orators were self-proclaimed atheists].
|Laughing in the Jungle 208: I stopped to listen to soap-boxers [...] and to the argufyers or ‘nuts’ in Pershing’s Park and on the Plaza, most of them professional atheists, or ‘Christ-killers,’ full of sound and fury.|
see Christer n.
(US) a very long time ago.
|Never Go Back 176: [W]hen Harper protested that after all he had the rudiments on which to build, he answered, ‘Why, what I know was old stuff when Christ was a corporal in the Jerusalem Hoosars’.|
|Camden News (AK) 8 Dec. 21/1: Some of the gripes about Army life, first heard ‘when Christ was a corporal,’ will probably never change.|
|(con. 1970) 13th Valley (1983) 113: Egan was a cherry way back when Christ was a corporal.|
|Somalia Journal [ebook] He looked like he was in the military when Christ was a corporal so l figured he had some rank.|
|Fighting for Afghanistan [ebook] ‘Okay, here we go again. This goes back to when Christ was a corporal’.|
As an oath in combs. and excls.
(US) lit. god-damned adj.
|Logbook for Grace (1948) 16 July 14: That usually leads to a gentle admonition [...] that he’ll be goddamned if he’ll stand for one such word from any Christless bastard on board, afore or abaft the mainmast.|
|Blood and Thirsty (1952) 45: I’ve been tryin to figger for years how t’git that Christless picture down.|
|M*A*S*H 108: We wouldn’t be going out of our way for a Christless Regular Army Colonel if we didn’t mean it!|
|How to Talk Yankee n.p.: I never did think we’d get that Christless truck out of the ditch [DARE].|
|in N.E. Folklore XXVIII (1988) 43: He got this christless big book and opened it up [HDAS].|
|www.izzlepfaff.com 17 May [blog] Get away from me, you Christless little choad.|
a general intensifier.
|Manhattan Transfer 387: Jesus Kerist Almighty look at a guy who’ll give up a good job clerkin [...] to sign on as messboy in Davy Jones’ own steam yacht.|
|Weed (1998) 119: The Christalmighty work he had to do.|
(orig. US) especially appalling; also as excl.
|Neon Wilderness (1986) 83: The fellas begun giv’n me a Christ-awful razzin’ then.|
|(con. 1943) Big War 192: Heading for what Christ-all horror we can’t imagine.|
see Lord knows how under Lord n.1
a common blasphemous excl.
|in Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 638: The moonlight lit on the nipple of her tit, / Oh, Jesus Christ, almighty.|
|(con. 1900) Green Grow the Lilacs I iv: Christ all hemlock!|
|Brain Guy 148: Christ all hell, what sort of life was Bill leading?|
|Tramp and Other Stories 49: Christ all bloody mighty! The little bitch!|
|Battlers 118: Christamighty! [...] Anyone ’ud think I was trying to pinch the filling from your back teeth instead of doing you a good turn.|
|Come in Spinner (1960) 331: ‘Christallbloodymighty!’ Lofty bellowed.|
|On the Yard (2002) 112: Christalmighty, if you don’t know, how the hell am I s’posed to tell you?|
|Swamp Man 145: ‘Christ Almighty, Sheriff,’ Sonny Boy yelled.|
|Bonfire of the Vanities 272: Christ almighty . . . I’ve got to think for a second.|
|(con. 1950s) Slab Boys [film script] 101: Christ Almighty, Phil, it’s no’ every day somethin’ as tragic as this happens.|
|Soho 78: Oh, Christ al-bleeding-mighty, all he needed.|
|Alphaville (2011) 317: Jesus fucking Christ. if she knows about it, every bad guy in the neighborhood must know about it.|
see Jesus! excl.
a mild excl.
|Set This House on Fire 67: Christ on a bleeding toboggan!|
|John Gielgud’s Letters (2004) 268: Christ on a bicycle!letter 10 Oct. in Mangan|
|There Must Be a Pony! 152: ‘Christ-on-a-buckboard,’ Sally Knapp says.|
|(con. 1968) My Secret Hist. (1990) 337: ‘Christ on a bike!’ Potter cried.|
|Native Tongue 155: Christ on a Harley, who wants goddamn lizards!|
|Official and Doubtful 186: Christ on a bike, I forgot about the battered sisters.|
|🌐 If you don’t think you’re the astrally projected soul of a wolf trapped in a human body, or you don’t answer the phone with a ‘meow,’ you’re not furry. Yep. Don’t you feel terribly inferior now? Christ on a fire engine, what some people will try and force on you.‘This Sordid Little Business: The Furry Manifesto’|
|Guardian 25 June 🌐 Christ on a flippin’ bike! England were so, so lucky there.|
|Ringer [ebook] n.p.: Christ on a bike, do I have to do everything around here?|
|Finders Keepers (2016) 18: ‘Christ on a pony,’ he said, ‘I call that pretty’.|
a mild excl.
|(con. 1944) Naked and Dead 10: Christ on a crutch! Right off the farm, a barefoot boy.|
|Proud Highway (1997) 113: Christ on a crutch, man: if you people are as hard up for writers as you appear to be, then you need help in the worst way!letter 31 Mar. in|
|(con. early 1950s) Valhalla 30: Oh Jesus Christ on a wobbly crutch! [Ibid.] 54: ‘Jesus H. Christ on a stretcher!’ Giff exploded.|
|(con. WWII) Soldier Erect 132: Christ-on-fucking-crutches!|
|Faggots 242: Oh, Jesus H. Christ on a crutch, whatever have we done!|
|Southern Discomfort (1983) 79: Jesus H. Christ on a raft.|
|(con. 1969–70) F.N.G. (1988) 107: Jesus fuckin’ Christ on a warped yellow-pine crutch.|
|Paco’s Story (1987) 50: Christ Jesus on a bloody fuckin’ crutch [...] how long was this guy left like this?|
|Skull Session 205: Christ on a crutch! Place is a mess, isn’t it?|
|Soho 24: Christ on crutches, was she up for it or was she up for it?|
|Turning Angel 370: ‘Christ on a crutch,’ he says in his heavy drawl.|
|Eve. Standard 20 Dec. 15/3: Dior perfume. Jesus on a moped.|
|Rough Trade [ebook] ‘Christ on a crutch’.|
|Twitter 27 May 🌐 Christ on a crutch, this [book] is hardcore in the best possible way. Bleak as with razor sharp prose.|
see for Christ’s sake! excl.
see separate entry.
see sweet Jesus! under sweet adj.1