Green’s Dictionary of Slang

strike me...! excl.

In exclamations

strike me! [abbr. strike me blind! ]

[18C+] a mild excl, often constr. with an adj.; see also phr. below.

strike me bandy!

an excl. of surprise, amazement, etc.

strike me blind! (also strike me bob! ...blind as a morepork! ...down! ...dumb! ...lame! ...ugly!)

[18C+] a general excl. of surprise, amazement; implies calling on God/the gods to make some concomitant gesture.

strike me blue! (also strike me bloody! ...hooray!, strike me red, white, blue and bandy!)

[late 19C+] (Aus./N.Z.) a mild oath.

strike me bob!

[1930s] (Aus.) a mild oath.

strike me brown!

[late 19C-1970s] (Aus.) a mild oath.

strike me cock-eyed!

[1900s-10s] (Aus.) a mild oath.

strike me cruel!

[late 19C] a mild oath.

strike me dead! (also strike me a dead-un! strike me honest! strike me stiff!)

1. [mid-18C+] a mild oath.

2. [1940s] used attrib. to suggest dangerous to one’s health.

strike me dizzy!

[mid-19C] (Aus.) a mild oath.

strike me doleful!

[early 19C] (US) a mild excl.

strike me dry!

[1900s] (Aus.) a mild excl.

strike me fat!

[late 19C+] (Aus./N.Z.) a mild excl.

strike me funny!

[19C] a mild excl.

strike me green!

[1900s-50s] (Aus.) a mild oath.

strike me handsome! (also strike me good looking! strike me pretty!)

[late 19C+] (Aus./N.Z.) a mild excl.

strike me holy!

[1900s] (Aus.) a mild oath.

strike me hooray!

[1910s+] (Aus.) a mild oath.

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]

[late 18C+] a general oath, esp. on the sealing of a bargain by slapping hands together.

strike me merciful!

[late 19C-1910s] (Aus.) a mild oath.

strike me moral!

[late 18C] a mild excl.

strike me paralytic! (also strike me paralytic pink!)

[late 19C-1910s] (Aus.) a mild oath.

strike me perp(endicular)! [var. on strike me dead! ]

[late 19C–1900s] a general excl. of surprise, alarm, shock etc.

strike me petrified!

[mid-19C] (Aus.) a mild oath.

strike me pink! (also do me pink! paralyse me pink! strafe me pink! strike me pink and blue! strike me red!)

1. [late 19C+] a mild excl. of surprise, irritation etc.

2. [1910s] as v., to render someone foolish.

strike me puce!

[1900s-20s] (Aus.) a mild oath.

strike me purple! (also strike me purple-paralytic!)

[late 19C-1940s] (Aus.) a mild oath.

strike me putrid!

[mid-19C] (US) a mild excl.

strike me roan! (also strike me roan and purple!, ...rone!)

[1910s+] (Aus./N.Z.) a mild excl.

strike me rotten!

[1920s] (Aus.) a mild oath.

strike me silly! (also strike me balmy! ...comical! ...dilly! …sensible! ...silly sideways! …stupid!)

1. [early 18C; 1910s–20s] a mild excl. of surprise, irritation etc.

2. [1900s] (Aus. of a suit oif extravagant cut) .

strike me sober!

[1900s] (Aus.) a mild excl.

strike me solemn!

[late 19C] (Aus.) a mild excl.

strike me sunburnt! [var. on strike me pink! ]

[late 19C] a mild excl. of surprise, irritation etc.

strike me unfortunate!

[1900s] excl. of surprise, amazement.

strike me up a gumtree!

[1910s] (Aus.) excl. of irritation.

strike me up a gutter!

[late 19C] (Aus.) excl. of irritation.

strike me up a pipe!

[1910s] (Aus.) an excl. of annoyance, frustration.

strike me up a sheoak!

[late 19C] (Aus.) excl. of affirmation.

strike me up a stick!

[1910s] (Aus.) a mild excl. of annoyance, frustration.

strike me up a tree! (also strike me up a gum (tree)! ...a pear tree! ...a plum tree!)

an excl. of astonishment.

strike me up a wattle!

[1900s-10s] (Aus.) a mild oath.

strike me upside down!

[1910s] (Aus.) an excl. of astonishment.