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cripes

[ krahyps ]
/ kraɪps /
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interjection

(used as a mild oath or an exclamation of astonishment.)

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Origin of cripes

First recorded in 1905–10; apparently euphemistic alteration of Christ
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British Dictionary definitions for cripes

cripes
/ (kraɪps) /

interjection

old-fashioned, slang an expression of surprise

Word Origin for cripes

C20: euphemistic for Christ!
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