shiver my timbers



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shiver my timbers!

  1. Expressing surprise, disbelief or annoyance; mostly associated with pirates.
    • 1884, Robert Louis Stevenson - Treasure Island page 66
      Why, shiver my timbers, if I hadn't forgotten my score !" And, falling on a bench, he laughed until the tears ran down his cheeks.
    • 1799, Edward Dubois - A piece of family biography page 216
      Shiver my timbers! what do you think I found 'em at ? Split my wind if there was not a gang, with Mrs. Martha at the head, working away at the temple