Green’s Dictionary of Slang

strike me...! excl.

In exclamations

strike me! [abbr. strike me blind! ]

a mild excl, often constr. with an adj.; see also phr. below.

[UK]Belle’s Stratagem 12: I’ll have you know in whose company you swear, strike me plump!
[UK]Belle’s Stratagem 14: Strike my odd joints!
Atkinson’s Casket (Philadelphia, PA) Aug. 447/1: ‘Wine! [...] by Jupiter!’ the reading the labels [...] ‘You have an exquisite taste, strike me!’.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 129/1: Strike me! if this ain’t a rare go.
[UK]J. Greenwood Wilds of London (1881) 139: Handing about the brown jug, and ejaculating ‘Damn,’ and ‘So help me’ this and ‘Strike me’ t’other.
[UK]J. Runciman Chequers 186: Strike me, I could sweep the blank chimney with you!
[Aus]Dead Bird (Sydney) 1 Feb. 7/1: ‘O! strike me flat, Moshesh, the bloomin’ duffer's gone and give in! [...] I’m busted’.
[UK]E.W. Rogers [perf. Marie Lloyd] G’arn Away [lyrics] Yer think yer’ve got me for a mug, well I’m sure, / Strike me up a mulberry, what d’yer take me for, Eh!
[Aus]Sydney Morn. Herald 29 Apr. 4/5: ‘Well, strike me,’ he exclaimed - and he called to heaven that a variety of disaster might fall upon his limbs - ‘that’s fair’.
[Aus]E. Dyson Fact’ry ’Ands 185: Strike me, you’d iv thought it had ten thousan’ a year [...] t’ do what it liked with.
[Aus]Truth (Melbourne) 31 Jan. 6/1: Strike me! What a real salt that skipper is.
[UK]E. Pugh Cockney At Home 172: He [...] stands there a-staring and saying, ‘Lumme!’ and ‘Strike me!’.
[Aus]F. Grose A Rough Y.M. Bloke 26: Strike me! Yer should er seen the feed they slapped up that night!
[UK](con. WW1) P. MacDonald Patrol 92: Strike me a flarin’ ruby . . . ’E’s bugs . . . abserlootely moost!’.
[Aus]X. Herbert Capricornia (1939) 452: ‘Well, strike me!’ said O’Crimnell.
[UK]M. Harrison Reported Safe Arrival 11: Cor strike me!
[Aus]Sun (Sydney) 8 Nov. 4/2: A Woolloomooloo rat / Peered from his drain and saw a lout / Hit a little girl and steal her pennies. / ‘Strike me flat with the plague’ said the rat - ‘if I ever get as mean as that!’.
[Aus]P. Pinney Restless Men 114: Strike me, what a bloody riot!
[Aus]R.G. Barrett White Shoes 96: God strike me. How is the old bastard anyway?
[Aus](con. 1945–6) P. Doyle Devil’s Jump (2008) 176: Strike me, some days it seems like everyone in Sydney’s part of it.
J. Bryant Real Aussies Drive Utes II 90: She’s had her share of hard knocks / And got some scars to show / And heaps and heaps of rattles, / But strike me, can she go!
strike me bandy!

an excl. of surprise, amazement, etc.

F. Essenhigh My Cousin Tom 12: Tom. Strike me bandy!
[Aus]Capricornian (Rockhampton) 6 Feb. 30: Strike me bandy [...] I’ll crawl up your neck when the race is over.
[Aus]Worker (Brisbane) 4 Feb. 7/3: ‘Strike me bandy,’ he said, appealing to the crowd. ‘This cove’s off his dot’.
[Aus]C.J. Dennis ‘’Ave a ’Eart!’ in Rose of Spadgers 73: Strike me bandy, this is bloody war!
[Aus]Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld) 7 July 11/6: ‘Strike me bandy Missus,’ he says to the barmaid, ‘splash out something with plenty of kick in it’.
strike me blind! (also strike me bob! ...blind as a morepork! ...down! ...dumb! ...lame! ...ugly!)

a general excl. of surprise, amazement; implies calling on God/the gods to make some concomitant gesture.

[UK]Cibber Careless Husband II ii: Strike me Blind, but the Women of Virtue are now grown such Ideots in Love.
[UK] ‘A Just Bargain’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) IV 167: And look here, pray what have I? / But yet part that all must bind, / O shew not, least you strike me Blind.
[UK]O. Goldsmith Vicar of Wakefield (1883) 40: For strike me ugly [...] if I should not find as much pleasure in choosing my mistress by the information of a lamp under the clock of St. Dunstan’s.
[UK]Sheridan Trip to Scarborough I ii: Amanda is a charming creature – strike me ugly. [Ibid.] II i: Thou art a generous fellow, strike me dumb!
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum n.p.: The favourite oaths of the thieves of the present day are, ‘God strike me blind!’ [...].
[UK]Salisbury & Winchester Jrnl 8 Feb. 2/4: A woman was charged with having stolen a pair of shoes; whereupon she exclaimed, ‘May God strike me blind this moment if I ever saw the shoes!’.
[UK]Lytton Pelham III 291: Ah, Bess, my covess, strike me blind if my sees don’t tout your bingo muns in spite of the darkmans.
[UK]Dickens Oliver Twist (1966) 155: ‘Nancy!’ exclaimed Sikes. ‘Where? Strike me blind, if I don’t honour that ’ere girl, for her native talents.’.
[UK]Era (London) 12 Apr. 9/2: Strike me blind, Jack, if I don’t think so [...] but them swells is sich gallows rogues.
Hobart Town Dly Mercury (Tas.) 24 Mar. 3/1: Henry Seaton was now charged with the same offence, by using the words ‘G---- strike me blind; if you take that man into custody (meaning Simmons), I will proceed against you’ .
[UK]Derby Day 51: I am surprised at Paddy. If I ain’t strike me bob.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 56/2: Strike me blind if she ain’t getting too proud to speak to anybody now.
H. Kingsley Hillyars and the Burtons (1876) 232: ‘I’ll have your bingy; strike me as blind as a morepork if I don’t have your bingy!’.
H. Kingsley Hillyars and the Burtons (1876) 154: ‘Strike me blind if I don’t, sir’.
[US]H.L. Williams Black-Eyed Beauty 97: Hullo! I say, Jem! vy strike me lame, here’s the pretty lady what give us the blunt tother day!
[UK]Sl. Dict. 313: It is often used as a modification of ‘Strike me blind!’ and is now and again corrupted into ‘Strike me silly!’ A foolish variation of this is ‘Strike me up a gum-tree.’.
[UK]J. Greenwood Wilds of London (1881) 13: The majority of the critics vowed ‘strike them blind’ if they wouldn’t come and see it.
Southern Argus (Goulburn, NSW) 13 Jul. 4/2: ‘Give me a chance, and I’ll turn honest. Strike me dumb! I will work like a slave, and never rob again’.
[UK]D.C. Murray Rainbow Gold I 135: ‘Strike me ugly!’ said the sergeant.
Adelaide Obs. 27 Feb. 45/4: ‘Strike me ugly!’ said the sergeant of the guard. ‘Hillo! Who’s this here dog belong to?’.
[US]W. Norr Stories of Chinatown 63: Strike me blind, but it’s a five-spot.
[UK]Dundee Courier 13 Dec. 5/2: Witness asked her [...] if she was never going to stop drinking, and she replied, ‘strike me deaf, dumb and blind if I will’.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 8 July 8/4: Strike me blind if I eat that.
[UK]Star (Christchurch, N.Z.) 14 Sept. 1/7: His favourite expletives are ‘strike me blind’ and ‘s’elp me Gawd’.
C.J. Dennis in Critic (Adelaide) 19 Mar. 5: Strike me dumb! ’E made things ’um - / Casey was a daisy! / Tanglefoot an’ doctored rum / Drove the fellers crazy.
[Aus]L. Esson Woman Tamer in Ballades of Old Bohemia (1980) 71: Strike me blind, Katie, you’re off your nut.
[Aus]Kia Ora Coo-ee 15 Apr. 20/1: But, strike me blind! I’ve got to go and feed the bleeding horse.
[US](con. 1918) J.W. Thomason Red Pants 98: Strike me blind if it ain’t a tike.
[Aus]Eyre’s Peninsula Tribune (Cowell, SA) 28 Apr. 2/3: Along then comes McFarlane, and he says, ‘Why strike me lame, / You know you can’t do that, me boy, your name’s not Elgin Main’ .
[Aus]Williamstown Chron. (Vic.) 5 Aug. 7/4: Now, strike me ugly, I sees last Saturday another chap pinches it from the old ‘Chronicle’ (nearly eighty year old), and blow me if he doesn’t get away with it.
[Aus]Howard ‘Heat’ in Mann Coast to Coast 131: D’you think I don’t know it’s hot. Strike me bloody blind!
[US]B. Cerf Anything For a Laugh 83: Strike me down if I ain’t seen a big alligator down in the swamp with little Sambo in his mouth.
[UK]Bury Free Press 22 Feb. 5/7: May God strike me deaf, dumb, blind and humpty if I am not telling the truth.
[US](con. 1945) E. Thompson Tattoo (1977) 293: ‘Strike you blind,’ Gorilla warned.
strike me blue! (also strike me bloody! ...hooray!, strike me red, white, blue and bandy!)

(Aus./N.Z.) a mild oath.

C. Clarke Little Alpine Fox Dog 173: Strike me blue, but yer'll bring a fiver into Jimmy.
A. Montgomery in Yorke’s Peninsula Advertiser 22 Sept. 1/6: ‘Strike me blue, but you shall pay for that!’ exclaimed the fellow.
[Aus]Queenslander (Brisbane) 2 Mar. 404/1: Strike me blue or green or red, / I can stand upon my head.
[UK]Binstead & Wells Pink ’Un and Pelican 200: Strike me Prussian blue! — don’t you begin no funny business or I’m likely to get violent!
Sun (Kalgoorlie) 10 Apr. 3/4: ‘O, me little Warrior pets, you are the bonzas. Tike the Railways ’ome to their mothers, strike me red, white, blue, and bandy, they can’t beat eggs!’.
W.T. Goodge Hits! Skits! and Jingles! 3: Strike me blue! There was nothing, that was mischief, / That the kiddy would n’t do!
[Aus]C.J. Dennis ‘The Play’ in Bulletin (Sydney) 16 July 47/1: They smooge some more at that. Ar, strike me blue! / It gimme Joes to sit an’ watch them two!
[UK]E. Raymond Child of Norman’s End (1967) 438: Strike me blue if there ain’t the Gen’ral!
[Aus](con. 1940s–60s) Hogbotel & ffuckes ‘The Shearer’s Lament’ in Snatches and Lays 72: God, strike me blue.
[Aus]B. Scott Banshee and Bullocky 125: ‘Strike me blue,’ said Angus.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 202: strike me bloody/hooray/handsome/lucky/up a gum tree Exclamations of surprise. ANZ C20.
strike me brown!

(Aus.) a mild oath.

Worker (Wagga NSW) 5 Jan. 3/3: We threw down our swags, our billies and bags, / And all you require to travel out back, / And as we sat down I said ‘Strike me brown!’ .
[Aus]Townsville Dly Bulletin (Qld) 2 Oct. 3/3: As she walked down the town, / Said old Mick: ‘Strike me brown, / She’s a high stepper, sure, from Ostend.’ .
Sun (Kalgoorlie) 17 Jan. 4/7: Then Jim, he winks a sort ’o’ tired wink, / And grunts, ‘Gor strike me brown!’.
B. Wannan Come In Spinner 100: ‘Starve the lizards and strike me brown - / They don’t waste much of a sheep in Town!’.
strike me cock-eyed!

(Aus.) a mild oath.

Sun (Kalgoorlie) 10 Apr. 3/4: ‘Strike me cock-eyed, mate,’ he continued (and he shuddered as he spoke), ‘be the time the season’s over the blankers’ll be as big as elephants’.
E. Dyson Benno & Some of the Push [ebook] ‘Strike me cock-eyed iv the old dorkin’s ain’t stricken with it,’ said Mills to the town traveller .
strike me cruel!

a mild oath.

B.L. Farjeon Grif 2 89: ‘Strike me cruel!’ exclaimned the Oysterman [...] ‘Strike me patient! [ibid.] 90: Let a cove speak accoprding to his education.
[UK]Daily Gaz. for Middlesborough 22 Sept. 4/5: [as 1970]’.
strike me dead! (also strike me a dead-un! strike me honest! strike me stiff!)

1. a mild oath.

‘W.H.’ Projectors 61: Plumb: So Sister, you and i are not a-Kin — Strike me stiff!
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 447: Tho’ I am old, yet strike me stiff, / And dry me for a mummy, / If in all the lands I’ve travell’d o’er / I ever saw such nags before.
[UK]Belle’s Stratagem 42: Strike me stiff, if Courtall does n’t come down with the rhinoon his marriage-day.
Hobart Town Courier 8 Feb. 2/4: ‘God strike me dead, but I will lie down and die’ .
[Aus]Geelong Advertiser (Vic.) 3 Apr. 1/1: [I am] a first rate bruiser, in fact a thorough strike-me-stiff smash-me-dead sort of customer &c, a man of interminable yarnsu.
[UK](con. 1840s–50s) H. Mayhew London Labour and London Poor III 209/2: Strike me dead, ain’t you keeping me a while!
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 119/1: Strike me a dead-un, if there ain’t more ‘screeve’ than would cover a haystack!
[Aus]B.L. Farjeon Grif (1898) 322: ‘Strike me dead!’ cried the Oysterman.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘Visit of Condolence’ in Roderick (1972) 32: Strike me dead! carn’t yer answer a civil queschin?
[UK]Marvel XIV:343 June 15: Strike me honest, if —.
[UK]A. Binstead Pitcher in Paradise 76: This is straight orf the tape, gawdstrikemedead!
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 20 Aug. 26/1: Then said a raucous voice: ‘Well, if / Yer arskin’ me, Lor strike me stiff, / No wonder that they beat Bill Squires!’.
[Aus]T. Skeyhill ‘Shrapnel’ Soldier Songs from Anzac (1916) 4: I says, ‘Well, strike me dead’ / Some bloomin’ Turk gunlayer / ’Ad slapped that shell at me.
[UK]‘Sapper’ Bulldog Drummond 214: Strike me dead, guv’nor [...] I never meant no ’arm.
[UK]P. MacGill Moleskin Joe 86: Strike me stiff! if I put up with it any more!
[UK]R.T. Hopkins Life and Death at the Old Bailey 291: ‘Strike me dead, boss!’ said the cabby.
Charlesville Times (Qld) 7 Feb. 17/2: Stone the crows. ’Course I love you. Strike me dead...
[Aus]D. Niland Shiralee 158: Strike me dead, I don’t know.
[Aus]F.J. Hardy in Great Aus. Lover Stories 9: Strike me dead if I tell a lie.
J. O’Grady Aussie Etiket (1976) 5: ‘Gawd strike me bloody dead - look what me missus’s given me for smoko. Skinny bloody sliced bread, an’ peanut bloody butter’.
[Aus]Penguin Bk of More Aus. Jokes 489: Strike me fuckin’ dead. How would you feel if you got a blow-out?

2. used attrib. to suggest dangerous to one’s health.

[UK]S. Horler Lady with the Limp 95: Still smoking that strike-me-dead muck then, old horse?
strike me dizzy!

(Aus.) a mild oath.

[Aus]B.L. Farjeon Grif (1898) 165: ‘You wouldn’t hurt a woman, of course, Oysterman?’ ‘Strike me dizzy!’ exclaimed the Oysterman.
strike me doleful!

(US) a mild excl.

[US]National Advocate (N.Y.) 14 Apr. 2/4: I’ll give 25 dollars to the niger [sic] to make it up; strike me doleful.
strike me dry!

(Aus.) a mild excl.

E.J. Brady Ways of Many Waters 124We see Jack sailin’ through the sky, / An’ may I - strike me dry! - / If we know where ’e went; / We never got no scent / Of where that sailor went: .
strike me fat!

(Aus./N.Z.) a mild excl.

Western Champion (Blackall/Barcaldine, Qld) 5 Apr. 2/8: Plenty of Water and Grass, there’s no doubt about that / Your prads won’t go hungry; if they do ‘Strike me fat’ .
[UK] ‘Fanny Flukem’s Ball’ in Bird o’ Freedom (Sydney) in J. Murray Larrikins (1973) 39: For Little Ginger kept the door, / And swore ‘Lor; strike him fat,’ / If they didn’t part their deners up / he’d lay ’em cold and flat.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 14 Jan. 6/6: Strike me fat, if I ever go back to the old life if they let this joint alone for another stretch (i.e. a year).
[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 28 Nov. 1/3: ‘Strikemephat!’ retorted Albrecht, ‘I done me best: I had hold of the other blanky horse’s rein round the bend, and half way up the straight’.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 14 Nov. 13/3: Jockey (in disgust): ‘Well, strike me fat, some of you chaps is never satisfied. Didn’t I beat seven of ’em!’.
[Aus]Kia Ora Coo-ee 15 Mar. 11/1: And we breathes so dry that, strike me fat, / It would wither a bloomin’ cactus.
[Aus]E.G. Murphy ‘Dossin’ Outer Doors’ Dryblower’s Verses 5: I dunno how they come at it, but strike me fat they do!
[Aus]‘Dryblower’ in Sun. Times (Perth) 30 May 13/1: An’ strike-a-me-fat, / I gotta da knack / Of curing da sprat.
[Aus]D. Niland Shiralee 82: God strike me fat! Look who’s here!
[Aus]B. Wannan Fair Go, Spinner 107: ‘Strike me fat!’ said Ginger Joe.
strike me funny!

a mild excl.

[UK]J. Burrowes Life in St George’s Fields 17: Strike me funny but I’d rather have been blowing a cloud with a pot of heavy before me.
Sporting Almanack Jan. 7: The world is quite different now from what it used to be when 1 was a youngster; [...] as for stage-coachmen and farriers, strike me funny, but they’re a rum set become.
F. Higginson Smugglers 1 117: Strike me funny! if you ar’n't a clever fellow, after all!
Hutchings’ Illus. Calif. Mag. 1 68: Did you ever see a male wet-nuss in your life? Strike me funny, if that old gentleman won’t be one afore the eend of his journy.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 3 Feb. 3/6: ’E’s got a reglar slap-up donah, too — an A1 judy [...] Strike me funny, but she’s a perfeck pictur’.
strike me green!

(Aus.) a mild oath.

Sun (Kalgoorlie) 11 Oct. 3/3: ‘Strike me green, yer — . Me mob orter take teryer’.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 15 Jan. 9/3: Strike me green, I knows her figger.
A. Upfield Bony Buys a Woman (1966) 91: ‘Strike me green, they was all pacified enough’.
strike me handsome! (also strike me good looking! strike me pretty!)

(Aus./N.Z.) a mild excl.

[Aus]Newcastle Morn. Herald (NSW) 24 Nov. 2/1: And cries of ‘strike me handsome’ and ‘Lord blue me’ filled the air.
Freeman’s Jrnl (Sydney) 10 Aug. 8/3: ‘Well, strike me pretty if that isn’t just too awfully good for anything!’.
[UK]J.D. Brayshaw Slum Silhouettes 160: Oh! Strike me good-lookin’!
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 21 Jan. 4/7: Strike me ’andsome, w’en I came ter count ’em over I only ’ad forty [i.e. pounds].
[Aus]Punch (Melbourne) 27 Sept. 4/2: Me and Jidder went up and ’it ther umpire on ther jor. Strike me pritty, in ’arf a second I sor stars, and ther blokes dragged Jidder orf with a nose liker prize turnip.
[Aus]L. Esson Woman Tamer in Ballades of Old Bohemia (1980) 62: I don’t argue with women, oh no, strike me pretty!
[Aus]Baker Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.
[Aus]Northern Times (Carnarvon, WA) 9 Jan. 12/4: ‘Stiffen the lizards and strike me handsome!’ he exclaimed aloud.
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ They’re a Weird Mob (1958) 16: Strike me bloody ’andsome, I just told yer.
[Aus]S. Gore Holy Smoke 28: Well, strike me handsome!
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 109/1: strike me handsome! well, fancy that! Variant of strike me lucky/pink.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 202: strike me bloody/hooray/handsome/lucky/up a gum tree Exclamations of surprise. ANZ C20.
strike me holy!

(Aus.) a mild oath.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 3 Mar. 15/4: Vy, so help me! [...] are ye poppin’ ’em again! Strike me holy! it vas only yesterday that I pinned ’em up.
strike me hooray!

(Aus.) a mild oath.

[Aus]Table Talk (Melbourne) 31 Jan. 34/1: ‘Strike me hooray! said one fellow; ‘I could stand bein’ beat by any ’orse, but Blue Toorie ain’t even part of ah ’orse!’ .
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 9 Jan. 9/1: Strike me hooray! Who wants to read leaders anyhow? If you’d sling us a few racing tips it might fee another master.
[Aus]Argus (Melbourne) 11 Sept. 12/8: Those records of Soapy’s still stand although George Goninon [...] equalled them a couple of years ago. Strike me hooray, that was against the Magpies, too!
[NZ]B. Crump Hang On a Minute, Mate (1963) 67: Strike me hooray, Olly. Don’t you know your own brother?
R. Fitzgerald Pushed From The Wings (1989) 66: ‘Pass me the boomerang boys, we’ll kill ’im now and eat ’im for lunch! Strikemehooray’.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Goodoo Goodoo 132: Strike me hooray. This sounds like a live one.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 202: strike me bloody/hooray/handsome/lucky/up a gum tree Exclamations of surprise. ANZ C20.
strike me lucky! [UK in 19C, it re-emerged in mid-20C+ Aus. use; Nares, Glossary (1822), notes earlier 17C strike me luck, ‘a familiar phrase, which seems to have arisen from striking a bargain, and giving earnest upon it’, i.e. by shaking or striking each other’s palm]

a general oath, esp. on the sealing of a bargain by slapping hands together.

Belle‘s Stratagem 12: Mrs Racket: Strike me lucky, Courtall, is these flams will do with me.
[Ire]‘A Real Paddy’ Real Life in Ireland 267: I’ll buy you a plaister, you crowl of the devil, that shall heal all your ugliness, before you can say strike me lucky.
[UK] ‘Gallery of 140 Comicalities’ Bell’s Life in London 24 June 3/2: Why, strike me lucky if I arnt found a nest.
Colonial Times (Hobart, Tas.) 16 Oct. 2/1: Verses of ‘A. Z.’ are prosey in the extreme. ‘Strike me Lucky next discount day,’ is in, type, but the Reform Bill is of more consequence than ‘Strike me Lucky’s Bill,’ with ‘such a name’ .
[UK]R. Nicholson Cockney Adventures 24 Feb. 131: ‘Strike me lucky,’ said that gentleman, ‘if we haven’t forgot the ammunition!’.
[UK]J. Lindridge Sixteen-String Jack 108: Strike me lucky, what a glorious night for our glorious occupation.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 104: strike me lucky! a simple form of oath common amongst the lower orders when making a bargain, and appealing to their honour.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 135/2: Stryke mi luckky, iv we ’avent ‘touched’ this tyme!
[UK]Sl. Dict. [as cit. 1859].
[Aus]Dead Bird (Sydney) 8 Mar. 4/4: But strike me lucky I can’t get off / With a hundred pounds of steam.
[UK]W.S. Maugham Liza of Lambeth (1966) 134: Strike me lucky, ain’t ’e a sight!
[UK]Sporting Times 26 May 1/3: Oh, it makes me ache; but—strikemelucky, if you want to see a real famine, come up to the American Bar! There hasn’t been a quid changed for three weeks!
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 7 Oct. 5/5: Strike me lucky, / She’s a kidder, this one are.
[UK]A. Binstead Pitcher in Paradise 259: Strike-me-lucky, if the time’s come when these sort of people can bet on the nod.
[UK]Wipers Times 20 Mar. (2006) 40/1: ‘Oh, strike me lucky!’ – then replied / The private very sore.
[Aus]C.J. Dennis ‘The Boon of Discontent’ in Backblock Ballads 37: Strike me lucky! This ’ere game’s no good to me!
J. Truran Where The Plain Begins 108: ‘Strike me lucky, Auntie; I never said nothin’’.
[Aus]Western Champion (Qld) 12 Dec. 3/3: Strike me lucky, it must be late.
[UK]G. Kersh Fowlers End (2001) 83: Well, strike me lucky, I never thought o’ that one!
[Aus]B. Humphries Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 22: Strike me lucky! Now you’ve really put a bloke on the spot.
[Aus]J. Wynnum I’m a Jack, All Right 118: Strike me lucky [...] No wonder some jokers go to sea.
[Aus]J. McNeil How Does Your Garden Grow Act III: Well, strike me lucky! [...] Get it? Strike me lucky . . . Lucky Strikes!
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 109/1: strike me handsome! well, fancy that! Variant of strike me lucky/pink.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 202: strike me bloody/hooray/handsome/lucky/up a gum tree Exclamations of surprise. ANZ C20.
strike me merciful!

(Aus.) a mild oath.

B.L. Farjeon Grif (1898) 241: ‘By God! Oysterman,’ exclaimed Jim Pizey, ‘you’ve got a heart of iron!’ ‘Strike me merciful!’ said the Tenderhearted Oysterman.
strike me moral!

a mild excl.

[UK]Sporting Mag. Nov. IX 81/2: Strike me moral, if I’ve seen it [i.e. a place of work] these three months.
T. Gwynne School for Fathers 225: If I fail ‘strike me moral’ I’ll marry, and cut him off with a shilling! — the foolish bumpkin!
strike me paralytic! (also strike me paralytic pink!)

(Aus.) a mild oath.

[Aus]Sun. Times (Sydney) 19 Dec. 14/4: ‘Then, Tattam, I’ve got an idea!’ jubilated Wakefield. ‘A glorious idea! Strike me paralytic!’ .
[Aus]Coolgardie Miner (WA) 10 July 6/4: The Bayley street denizen replied he had parted ‘fifty of the best.’ ‘Strike me paralytic pink,’ said the driver, with a gesture of indescribable disdain.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 7 Dec. 22/4: Well, we didn’t wait to get that egg cooked, but smashed it at once, an’ strike me paralytic, boys, there was a quid in that egg, too.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 10 Dec. 32/1: When I comes back ’bout ten ’spectin’ ter find ther johnny ’bout cooked, strike me paralytic if ’twasn’t gawn.
Sun (Kalgoorlie, WA) 16 May 9/1: ‘[S]o I goes down to bring me mate ‘Blinkey’ along, ter see wot ’e thinks of it - and strike me paralytic pink, when we comes up, wot do yer think we sees?’.
[Aus]Northern Miner (Charters Towers, Qld) 23 Sept. 3/3: You were not apathetic, / With all your other crimes. / For, strike me paralytic / You voted twenty times!
[Aus]Willaura Farmer (Vic.) 23 Sept. 3/3: But, blime, s’elp me, strike me paralytic, thinks I, ees makin’ it ’ot, aint he?
strike me perp(endicular)! [var. on strike me dead! ]

a general excl. of surprise, alarm, shock etc.

S.E. Glover Cradle of Liberty 8: This is my first morning call before breakfast — strike me perpendicular.
[Aus]Geelong Advertiser (Vic.) 4 Dec. 5/1: ‘We’re shut in. And strike me perpendicular if it don’t make me feel for all the world like a bloomin’ monkey in the Zoo .
[Aus]W.T. Goodge ‘Hits! Skits! & Jingles!’ in Wannan Folklore of Aus. Pub (1972) 30: Says he, ‘Strike me perpendic’lar / But you beggars are partic’lar.’.
Cassell’s Mag. 20 252: ‘Strike me perpendicular!’ said Turkey. ‘Oh, it's you again, is it?’ said the warder. ‘We shall have some fun with you!’.
[UK]E. Pugh Cockney At Home 67: ‘Strike me perpendicular!’ he says, a-takin off his coat all in a flare and fluster. [Ibid.] ‘Strike me perp!’ he says, ‘if I don’t ’ave a cut at you for that!’.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 21 Dec. 21/3: And then he started back and exclaimed: ‘Strike me perpendicular, if it ain’t one o’ the play-actin’ young gents!’.
strike me petrified!

(Aus.) a mild oath.

B.L. Farjeon Grif 2 320: ‘Strike me petrified! but I’m as gentle as a dove, and wouldn’t hurt a chicken!’.
strike me pink! (also do me pink! paralyse me pink! strafe me pink! strike me pink and blue! strike me red!)

1. a mild excl. of surprise, irritation etc.

Mercury and Weekly Courier (Melbourne) 13 Aug. 3/7: ‘Dash my bloomin’ buttons!’ suddenly exclaimed Will Welsher; ‘if this ere ain’t wot I call comfortable! Strike me pink, but it reminds yer of hold times, don’t it Mike?’.
[US]United Service 6 308/1: ‘Strike me pink,’ he muttered, ‘this is not such a “beno” after all. Blow these young toffs’.
E.W. Rogers [perf. Marie Lloyd] The Barmaid [lyrics] ‘Arry strike me blue and pink / She’s alright that served that drink’.
[UK] ‘The Rocks Push Eisteddfod’ in Bird o’ Freedom (Sydney) in J. Murray Larrikins (1973) 87: The leader of the Rocks push cursed [...] Strike me balmy! Do me pink!
[Aus]Queenslander (Brisbane) 2 Mar. 404/1: Oh! Strike me pink, oh! do.
[UK]Marvel XV:386 Mar. 10: Thought it might be ’andy, an’ strike me pink if it ain’t bin!
[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 25 Sept. 3/2: Strike me pink and brindle.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘Joseph’s Dreams and Reuben’s Brethren’ in Roderick (1967–9) II 97: He [...] gave it best, and, riding back, / Said firmly, ‘Strike me pink!’.
A.B. Paterson Old Bush Songs 68: In heaven! what next I wonder, / For strike me pink and blue, / If I see whatever in thunder / They’ll find for Bill to do.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 18 Feb. 4/7: Wel’, paralyse me pink. I felt like a blanky informer.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 19 Nov. 5s/4: Rot the Nonconformist Conscience! / Strike the wowsers pink and red!
[UK]A.G. Empey Over the Top 99: Gott strafe me pink, I’m bloody well gassed, not ’alf I ain’t.
[UK]‘Sapper’ Bulldog Drummond 86: Strike me pink if it ain’t young Drummond.
[Aus]Gippsland Times (Vic.) 1 Oct. 5/3: I am out ter earn me shillin’, / Make no errer I am willin’, / An’ me energy is thrillin’, / Strike me pink, I aint a blob!
[Aus]K.S. Prichard Working Bullocks 96: Sittin’ on a jarrah log, / Perishin’ like a bloomin’ frog – / Gord strike me pink.
[UK]F. Jennings Tramping with Tramps 193: Strike me pink, Ned, yer don’t ’arf look funny!
[Aus]L. Glassop We Were the Rats 81: ‘Strike me pink,’ he said, ‘yous city blokes dunno nothin’.’.
[Aus]D. Niland Shiralee 108: Strike me pink, Mac, you’re not leaving?
[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Borstal Boy 91: I’ll go straight, Gov, strike me pink if I don’t.
[UK]C. Stead Cotters’ England (1980) 146: And now he’s gone, strike me pink, if she isn’t more like him than before.
E. Southall To the Wild Sky 122: ‘Strike me pink! roared Bruce. ‘Where’s the Egret?’.
[Ire]T. Murphy Morning After Optimism in Plays: 3 (1994) Scene v: Did it never strike you pink that he might really be a mean-un?
[Aus]S. Weller ‘Bastards I Have Met’ 5: ‘God strike me pink - I’ve had ten customers this morning - four on the bite and six on the nod!’.
[Aus]R. Beckett Dinkum Aussie Dict. 49: Strike me pink: The Australian version of the English, ‘fancy that’.
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 109/1: strike me handsome! well, fancy that! Variant of strike me lucky/pink.

2. as v., to render someone foolish.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 28 Nov. 12/1: Oh, I’d love to think / That she made him blink, / And ‘knocked him silly,’ / And ‘struck him pink,’ / And ‘turned him dilly,’ / Then drove him to drink / By coming in wearing her new tiara!
strike me puce!

(Aus.) a mild oath.

Southern Cross Times (Perth) 24 Sept. 4/5: They ask ‘What sort of game is this’ or say ‘Well, strike me puce.’ .
Sun (Kalgoorlie) 25 June 4/7: ‘W’y, strike me puce, you couldn’t a chop enough wood to boil a crimson billy’ .
Wesditern Mail (Perth) 9 Oct. 41/3: ‘Strike me puce, youse old blokes make me cry’.
[Aus]Capricornian (Rockhampton, Qld) 22 Dec. 6/3: ‘You reckon you’re a marvel at pickin’ doubles. Strike me puce, there was the sweetest double in the world looking at you, and you miss it’ .
strike me purple! (also strike me purple-paralytic!)

(Aus.) a mild oath.

A. Montgomery in N. Queensland Register (Townsville, Qld) 25/3: ‘It’s the fust I’ve heard of it; an’ strike me purple of there was a flamin’ word about that in the contrack!’ .
[Aus]‘Dryblower’ ‘His Quest’ in Sun. Times (Perth) 3 Apr. 4/7: And said, ‘Why strike me purple, wot’s your blanky ’urry for?’.
[Aus]Sun (Sydney) 27 June 6/8: ‘Strewth an’ strike me purple-paralytic,’ says the cabby.
[Aus]C.J. Dennis ‘Mar’ in Songs of a Sentimental Bloke 68: Strike me purple! ‘Willie!’ That’s wot ’urts.
[Aus]Sun. Mail (Brisbane) 10 Dec 3S/3: ‘Well, strike me purple,’ I says.
strike me putrid!

(US) a mild excl.

F. Essenhigh My Cousin Tom 7: Tom. Strike me putrid, if this isn't incomprehensible!
strike me roan! (also strike me roan and purple!, ...rone!)

(Aus./N.Z.) a mild excl.

[Aus]All Abaht It (London) Feb. (1919) 12: Strike me rone [...] I had to laugh [AND].
[Aus]Townsville Daily Bull. (Qld) 3 June 12/6: Strike me roan. I’m a silly cow.
[Aus]Advocate (Burnie, Tas.) 8 Apr. 8/2: Well, strike me roan, with pink spots, son.
D. Stivens Ironbark Bill 47: Strike me roan if we are!
[Aus]B. Wannan Fair Go, Spinner 179: ‘Strike me roan, man!’ roared the Boss.
[Aus]J. O’Grady Gone Troppo (1995) 176: The Skipper blew up. ‘Strike me bloody roan an’ purple...don’t you know better than to bring bloody stew on a Reef trip?’.
[Aus]D. Ireland Burn 103: Strike me roan, one word and you’re off the track to billy-oh!
S. Thorne Battler 42: ‘Strike me roan! Twenty-two thousand dollars?’.
[Aus]B. Fleming ‘The Cadets’ [Internet] ‘Look ’t the skinny legs on that sheila in the red cossie.’ ‘Strike me roan,’ said Johnno, a devoted leg man.
strike me rotten!

(Aus.) a mild oath.

[Aus]Sport (Adelaide) 24 Apr. 7/2: When Australians generally grip the strong of the full story they will insist upon a better remembrance of the day than the present R.S.A. heads think good enough. Strike me rotten, if they don’t .
strike me silly! (also strike me balmy! ...comical! ...dilly! …sensible! ...silly sideways! …stupid!)

1. a mild excl. of surprise, irritation etc.

[UK]Cibber Careless Husband III i: But, strike me stupid, if ever I could discover Sense in all the Progress of his Amours.
[UK]Belle’s Stratagem 13: Cut my fortune, strike me comical!
[UK]Navy at Home II 59: ‘Strike me comical,’ cried he, ‘this is hot work’.
[UK]H.M. Milner Turpin’s Ride to York II i: Strike me stupid if I be done a second time.
[UK]J. Lindridge Sixteen-String Jack 306: Strike me sensible, but you does do your bacca in a business like style.
[UK]Sl. Dict. 313: It is often used as a modification of ‘Strike me blind!’ and is now and again corrupted into ‘Strike me silly!’ A foolish variation of this is ‘Strike me up a gum-tree.’.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘A Word to Texas Jack’ in Roderick (1967–9) I 65: Gosh! so-help-me! strike-me-balmy!
[UK] ‘The Rocks Push Eisteddfod’ in Bird o’ Freedom (Sydney) in J. Murray Larrikins (1973) 87: The leader of the Rocks push cursed [...] Strike me balmy! Do me pink!
[Aus]‘G.G.’ Sporting Sketches in Sportsman (Melbourne) (18/10/1898) 5/7: ‘No, strike me silly sideways, this Arscit [i.e. Ascot race track] now ain’t what it used ter be’.
[UK]P. Macgill Amateur Army 62: I’ll never come in ’ere again [...] Strike me balmy if I do!
[UK]W.S. Walker In the Blood 140: Strike me silly if I knew yer at first.
[Aus]L. Esson Woman Tamer in Ballades of Old Bohemia (1980) 73: Strike me balmy, I didn’t mean to punch you, Katie.
[Aus]E. Dyson ‘Barracking’ in Benno and Some of the Push 142: Strike me dilly, they’s blokes ’ere don’t earn enough t’ keep a canary in corf drops.
[UK]Marvel 21 Aug. 10: Strike me silly, I ought to.
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 386: Strike me silly, said Costello.

2. (Aus. of a suit oif extravagant cut) .

[Aus]Truth (Brisbane) 10 Apr. 5/2: Tyler used to wear six-guinea ‘STRIKE ME SIDEWAYS’ SUITS; the coats little longer than the vests, and the bells at the bottoms of the bags big enough to hold the Australian surplus.
strike me sober!

(Aus.) a mild excl.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 1 Oct. 14/3: ‘Ain’t cher goin’ t’ rustle up th’ rent, y’r curry-spotted Guy Fawkes?’ snarled the sport. ‘There’ll be a rent in y’r listenin’ flap if y’d don’t stifle y’r sob,’ growled th’ game-gatherer ominously. ‘Why, strike me sober, y’r’v faked th’ fire.’.
strike me solemn!

(Aus.) a mild excl.

[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 17 June 1/6: You’re too deep for the fly flats [...] It’s a honor to be your friend, strike me solemn if it isn’t.
strike me unfortunate!

excl. of surprise, amazement.

[UK]D. Stewart Shadows of the Night in Illus. Police News 15 June 12/4: ‘Strike me unfortunate and kick me into the middle of the next new moon, if I knowed yer thought at the fust glance’.
strike me up a gumtree!

(Aus.) excl. of irritation.

Teed Dly (Murwillumbah, NSW) 17 May 7/4: And strike me up a gumtree, all his bloomin goods would bring / Wouldn’t buy the bottle diamond in a knuckle-duster ring.
strike me up a gutter!

(Aus.) excl. of irritation.

[Aus]Gippsland Times (Vic.) 5 June 4/2: ‘Oh strike me up a gutter, I wishes it wor’ eight o’clock’.
strike me up a pipe!

(Aus.) an excl. of annoyance, frustration.

[Aus]E. Dyson ‘At the Opera’ in Benno and Some of the Push 90: Strike me up a pipe, yeh can’t get a hook into this anywhere.
strike me up a sheoak!

(Aus.) excl. of affirmation.

[Aus]Leader (Melbourne) 27 Nov. 20/3: ‘I must ’a killed scores ov ’em on me ’ands, an’ I’ll swear I’ve drunk nigh on a ’undred ov ’em this mornin’ in long beers; but, strike me up a sheoak, there ain’t ‘no flies’ as I kin see on them two blokes thet’s battin’!’ .
strike me up a stick!

(Aus.) a mild excl. of annoyance, frustration.

[Aus]E. Dyson ‘The Picnic’ in Benno and Some of the Push 8: ‘Strike me up a stick,’ he said, bitterly, ‘this is gettin’ on my nerves.’.
strike me up a tree! (also strike me up a gum (tree)! ...a pear tree! ...a plum tree!)

an excl. of astonishment.

[UK]Wild Boys of London I 195/2: Well! Strike me up a tree, Jim; is this you?
[UK]Bradford Obs. 6 Dec. 6/6: I’ll [...] ’ave you nobb’d off to the asylum; strike me up a bleeding plum tree if I don’t.
[UK]Sl. Dict. 313: It is often used as a modification of ‘Strike me blind!’ and is now and again corrupted into ‘Strike me silly!’ A foolish variation of this is ‘Strike me up a gum-tree.’.
[Aus]Melbourne Punch 9 Feb. 11/1: ‘Oh, strike me up a gum tree! Well, such is life - now you see it, and now you don’t’.
Week (Brisbane) 9 Oct. 34/2: ‘Strike me up a plum-tree, who’re yer gettin’ at?’.
Sun (Kalgoorlie) 3 June 3/3: You don’t come along down to train, and strike me up a pear tree what am I to do with you.
[Aus]Port Augusta Dispatch (SA) 10 Jan. 3/3: ‘Well, strike me up a tree! / Have I to go on guard to-night, / Without my blooming tea?’.
[Aus]D. O’Grady A Bottle of Sandwiches 185: Jock looked horrified again. ‘Strike me up a gum, there’s blokes all over the country’d be glad to smoke it.’.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 202: strike me bloody/hooray/handsome/lucky/up a gum tree Exclamations of surprise. ANZ C20.
strike me up a wattle!

(Aus.) a mild oath.

[Aus]Westralian Worker (Perth) 26 Feb. 4/3: ‘Strike me up a wattle, Soapy, you ought to have seen us marching to the railway station with our swags.’ .
[Aus]Advertiser (Adelaide) 28 Oct. 19/8: Now, when the antis come the gag, ‘The wealthy will escape,’ / And only Bill and Micko are fighting for their sake. / There’s just as many Oswalds, Fitzmaurices, and Berts, / ’Ave chucked their glassy ally in, and left their loving skirts / To battle for Australia, for justice, freedom, too, / But strike me up a wattle! Don’t yer want to see it through?
strike me upside down!

(Aus.) an excl. of astonishment.

Sun (Kalgoorlie) 25 June 4/7: ‘Strike me upside down,’ he howled. ‘I muster burst a blood vessel.’.
[Aus]Townsville Dly Bulletin (Qld) 9 Sep. 7/1: His clothes at first were white I think, / But strike me upside-down, / He wore the same duds day and night / Till they turned a dirty brown.