used as an intensifier in general excls. as below.
a general excl., presumed to be an intensifier of blimey! excl.
|New York Day by Day 5 June [synd. col.] The new song of the trenches is called [...] ‘Bli’me O’Reilly You Are Looking Fine’ [...] The chorus goes something like this [...] Gor bli’me O’Reilly, you are looking well.|
|Indoor Sports 8 May [synd. cartoon] [lyrics] ‘Blime me Mr Reilly, but you are looking well’.|
|Dead Butler Caper 78: Blimey O’Reilly, it’s Partrick Tomlinson!|
|Black Swan Green 64: Blimey O’Riley, this, this, is precisely the problem.|
1. a general excl. of surprise, excitement etc.
|Dope 139: ‘Eh?’ roared George. ‘Eighty quid! Eighty quid! Flamin’ blind o’ Riley! D’you think I‘m up the pole? Eighty quid? You’re barmy!’.|
|They Die with Their Boots Clean 54: Oh God blind O’Reilly suffering Christ Christ in Heaven above so help me!|
|Three-Ha’Pence to the Angel 22: Blind O’Reilly! [...] Don’t all rush!|
|Fowlers End (2001) 212: ‘It does tick a bit, doesn’t it?’ ‘You spat a bootful, it ticks! Blind O’Reilly, I never ’eard such ticking.’.|
2. used as an intensifier.
|They Die with Their Boots Clean 120: Them barrels must gleam like Blind O’Reilly.|
a general oath of annoyance, incredulity, etc.
|Fowlers End (2001) 133: Well, Gord blind O’Riley! Sam Yudenow don’t ’alf pick ’em!|
|(con. 1940s) Borstal Boy 11: God blind old Reilly if one of them could even name the bloody things.|