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an exclamation of surprise, a mild oath; also written crimine , cf. crikey

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Italian crimine 'crime'; euphemism for 'Christ''s 21st Century Lexicon
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  • "criminy, the ol' campus sure does look good," said Hugh ecstatically.

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also crimine, 1680s; it looks like Italian crimine "crime" but likely is simply another euphemism for Christ as a swear-word.

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Christ A euphemistic form: Criminy, I've been hoodwinked/ Crimus but it's cold (1700+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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