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[yahyks] /yaɪks/
interjection
1.
(an exclamation of surprise or alarm.)
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  • Geo had only gotten half clear of the entrance when he yelled, "yikes," and then, "Duck!"

    The Jewels of Aptor Samuel R. Delany
  • Yite I yikes, and boo I yikes; and my dear papa be so very angy, when I tells him all about it.'

    The Maid of Sker Richard Doddridge Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for yikes

yikes

/ˈjaiks/
interjection
1.
(informal) an expression of surprise, fear, or alarm
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Word Origin and History for yikes

exclamation of alarm or surprise, by 1953; perhaps from yoicks, a call in fox-hunting, attested from c.1770. Yike "a fight" is slang attested from 1940, of uncertain connection.

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Slang definitions & phrases for yikes

yes siree

affirmation

: I'll take that, yes siree bob, I'll take that any day of the week (1846+)

ying-yang

noun

Nonsense; cant; bullshit: talking all this yin-yang about us women (1990s+)

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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