(bĭ-gôr′ə, -gŏr′ə)
interj. Irish
Used as a mild oath.

[Alteration of by God.]
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an emphatic exclamation, regarded as a characteristic utterance of Irish people
[C19: euphemistic alteration of by God!]
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(bɪˈgɔr ə, -ˈgɒr ə, bi-)

interj. Irish Eng.
(used as a euphemism for by God): It's a fine day, begorra.
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