- Fox Hunting. (used as a cry by the huntsman to encourage the hounds.)
- (used as a cry of high spirits or encouragement.)
Origin of yoicks
First recorded in 1765–75; compare earlier hoick(s) < ?
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Examples from the Web for yoicks
The huntsmen might be heard urging on the dogs with cries of Yoicks!The Colonial Cavalier
Maud Wilder Goodwin
It seems Yoicks is a cry you give at some other critical juncture in life.Somewhere in Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
We'll go out and get what's coming to us from a farmer; and then yoicks!The Gentle Grafter
The country gentleman of whom mention has been made also viewed him, and holloa'd as he did so: "Yoicks, tally; gone away!"Can You Forgive Her?
With strong effort of self-restraint he stopped himself midway in stentorian shout, "Yoicks!"
- a cry used by huntsmen to urge on the hounds to the fox