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cripes

[krahyps] /kraɪps/
interjection
1.
(used as a mild oath or an exclamation of astonishment.)
Origin of cripes
1905-1910
First recorded in 1905-10; apparently euphemistic alteration of Christ
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  • By cripes, if she isn't dead herself by morning she'll wish she was!

    The Boss of Taroomba E. W. Hornung
  • By cripes, but I'll make her wish she was as dead as her friend here.

    The Boss of Taroomba E. W. Hornung
  • But what's gittin' to worry me, by cripes, is all this here war-talk about Injuns.

  • That's more reasonable than the sheepherder story, by cripes!

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  • You apologize fer that, by cripes, er I'll kill yuh the longest way I know.

    Flying U Ranch B. M. Bower
  • We'll give him a taste uh what we was talkin' about comm' over, by cripes!

    Flying U Ranch B. M. Bower
  • I'm willin' to throw in the other three—and the dawgs, too, by cripes!

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  • They used to order sheepherders like they did woolsacks, by cripes!

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  • The way I'd have of puttin' them sheep on the run wouldn't be slow, by cripes!

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  • I don't see nothin' in your saddle that looks t'me like a man, by cripes!

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British Dictionary definitions for cripes

cripes

/kraɪps/
interjection
1.
(old-fashioned, slang) an expression of surprise
Word Origin
C20: euphemistic for Christ!
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Cripes

n,interj

Christ •A euphemistic form: Cripes, what a rotten deal (1910+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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