(often preceded by well) expressing complete surprise or disbelief


  • This phrase dates from after 1926, the date of the widely publicized Scopes Trial in the United States, where the term first appears. It first appears in print, starting in the 1930s.

Well I'll be a monkey's uncle! I would never have thought that tourists would go into space!

Submitted on July 07, 2010


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Seré el tío de un mono

je serai l'oncle d'un singe



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