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Derived from an archaic English sentence structure.


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believe you me

  1. (idiomatic) An emphatic form of "believe me"; you [the subject] had better believe me [the speaker].
    • 1841, Caesar Otway, Sketches in Erris and Tyrawly, by the author of 'Sketches in Ireland ..., page 185:
      Well, sir, believe you me, I'll give that lassy as good a strapping as ever she got when she comes back.
    • 1870, Garland, In re Garland, page 94:
      But many a time, believe you me, I bought a rabbit from you, when I could put something else in the pot...
    • 1877, Justin McCarthy, Miss Misanthrope: A Novel, page 21:
      That's change, if you like to call it so. But the heart of things is just the same. Balzac stands for Paris, believe you me.
    • 1887, Alexander Wardrop, Mid-Cauther Fair: A Dramatic Pastoral : with Other Poems, Songs, and Prose, page 113:
      But, Sandy lad, believe you me, I loe ye like a brither!
    • 1912, George A. Birmingham, The Simpkins Plot, page 75:
      "Believe you me," said Meldon, " she'll know how to manage him."
    • 2016, Theresa May, quoted in The New York Times, "British Leader Stands Firm on Timetable for ‘Brexit’" by Stephen Castle (November 7, 2016), p. A6
      Believe you me, if the people in this country think they’re going to be cheated, they’re going to be betrayed, then we will see political anger the likes of which none of us in our lifetimes have ever witnessed in this country.”