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  1. holy mackerelinterjection

    An expression of surprise.

    Etymology: Recorded from 1803 with uncertain origin, but possibly a euphemism for Holy Mary, with Mackerel being a nickname for Catholics because they ate the fish on Fridays. Another suggested explanation is the practice of selling mackerel on Sundays in the seventeenth century (because its quality deteriorates rapidly), so it was known as a holy fish.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of holy mackerel in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of holy mackerel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of holy mackerel in a Sentence

  1. Tony Danza:

    It was like, Holy mackerel! I get to sing that? I'm in! it's the best score I've heard since 'West Side Story.'.

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