- (used as a mild oath or an exclamation of astonishment.)
Origin of cripes
First recorded in 1905–10; apparently euphemistic alteration of Christ
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Examples from the Web for cripes
By cripes, but I'll make her wish she was as dead as her friend here.
By cripes, if she isn't dead herself by morning she'll wish she was!
But what's gittin' to worry me, by cripes, is all this here war-talk about Injuns.The Heritage of the Sioux
That's more reasonable than the sheepherder story, by cripes!
You apologize fer that, by cripes, er I'll kill yuh the longest way I know.
- old-fashioned, slang an expression of surprise
C20: euphemistic for Christ!
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