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  1. (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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Related Words for cripes

doggone, dang, cripes, darnation, drat

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Historical Examples of cripes

  • 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.

  • 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!

    Flying U Ranch

    B. M. Bower

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

    Flying U Ranch

    B. M. Bower

British Dictionary definitions for cripes


  1. old-fashioned, slang an expression of surprise
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Word Origin for cripes

C20: euphemistic for Christ!
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