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A phrase from the east coast; literally "there they were". Used to confirm the presence of something sometimes indicating surprise. Similar to stating "I went looking for Jen and Bob and found them standing right behind me" - "I was looking for Jen and Bob and dere-dey-were, behind me!"
I was lookin' for my glasses and dere-dey-were, plain-as-day, sittin' on me head.
I was out back and saw two moose, I turned to get my gun and whe I looed back dere-dey-were - gone!
by Goodbye_Charlie October 11, 2013