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ach du lieber Himmel! exp.
goodness gracious!

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Collaborative Dictionary     German-English
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good Lord! ; good heavens!
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(oh) crumbs! ; blast!
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well I'm blowed {or} I'll be damned!
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oh my goodness! ; oh heavens!
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bloody hell! ; Jesus Christ!
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oh my goodness! ; goodness me!
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for goodness' sake!
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hell's bells!
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good Heavens!
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good gracious!
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well I never!
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oh yes
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oh dear! ; oh dear(ie) me!
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I see! ; aha! ; of course!
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oh no! ; really! ; no, no!
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so that's why!
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oh really? ; do you/does he {etc} really?
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'ach du lieber' also found in translations in English-German dictionary
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o Gott! ; ach du lieber Gott!
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lieber

  
lie•ber  
1       adj   comp  
     lieb   
2       adv   comp  
     gern   
a    (=vorzugsweise)   rather, sooner  
das tue ich lieber        (im Augenblick)    I would or I'd rather or I'd sooner do that,   (grundsätzlich auch)    I prefer doing that  
das würde ich lieber tun      I would or I'd rather or I'd sooner do that, I would prefer to do that  
ich trinke lieber Wein als Bier      I prefer wine to beer  
(das möchte ich) lieber nicht!      I would or I'd sooner or rather not, I would or I'd prefer not to  
er sieht es lieber, wenn du das nicht tust      he would or he'd prefer you not to do that, he would or he'd prefer it if you didn't do that, he would or he'd sooner or he'd rather you didn't do that,   (grundsätzlich)    he prefers you not to do that, he prefers it if you don't do that  
b    (=besser, vernünftigerweise)   better  
bleibe lieber im Bett      you had or you'd better stay in bed, I would or I'd stay in bed if I were you  
ich hätte lieber nachgeben sollen      I would have done better or I'd have done better to have given in  
sollen wir gehen? -- lieber nicht!      should we go? -- better not  
nichts lieber als das      there's nothing I'd rather do/have etc  
Translation German - English Collins Dictionary  
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Liebe, Leber, lieb, lieben


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