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crikey

[krahy-kee] /ˈkraɪ ki/
interjection
1.
(used as an exclamation of surprise, amazement, dismay, etc.)
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; probably euphemistic alteration of Christ
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British Dictionary definitions for crikey

crikey

/ˈkraɪkɪ/
interjection
1.
(slang) an expression of surprise
Word Origin
C19: euphemistic for Christ!
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Contemporary definitions for crikey
interjection

an exclamation of surprise, a mild oath; cf. criminy , crimine

Word Origin

euphemism for 'Christ'

interjection

See criminy

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Word Origin and History for crikey

exclamation, 1838, probably one of the many substitutions for Christ.

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Slang definitions & phrases for crikey

Crikey

n,interj

Christ: Crikey but it was a rum go (1838+ British)


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