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[krahyps] /kraɪps/
(used as a mild oath or an exclamation of astonishment.)
Origin of cripes
1905-10; apparently euphemistic alteration of Christ Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I'll give any man a dollar that can ride me straight up, by cripes!

    The Happy Family Bertha Muzzy Bower
  • But what's gittin' to worry me, by cripes, is all this here war-talk about Injuns.

  • I hate to insult any of 'em, by cripes, by namin' yuh after 'em.

    Flying U Ranch B. M. Bower
  • The way I'd have of puttin' them sheep on the run wouldn't be slow, by cripes!

    Flying U Ranch B. M. Bower
  • Then, after a kind of dazed once-over of the raft, fore-and-aft: “By cripes, the kid is gone!”

    Down the Columbia Lewis R. Freeman
  • We'll give him a taste uh what we was talkin' about comm' over, 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
  • I'm willin' to throw in the other three—and the dawgs, too, by cripes!

    Flying U Ranch B. M. Bower
  • And, by cripes, he nailed their durned hides on his stable-door, too!

    Judith of Blue Lake Ranch Jackson Gregory
  • They used to order sheepherders like they did woolsacks, by cripes!

    Flying U Ranch B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for cripes


(old-fashioned, slang) an expression of surprise
Word Origin
C20: euphemistic for Christ!
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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