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Used as a mild or ironic oath.

[Perhaps alteration of God's hooks, the nails of the crucifixion of Jesus.]
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archaic a mild oath
[C17: perhaps from God's hooks (the nails of the cross); see Gad1]
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interj. Archaic.
(used as a mild oath.)
[1645–55; perhaps representing God's hooks (i.e., the nails of Christ's Cross)]
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- An abridgment of God's hooks, "nails of the cross."
See also related terms for nails.
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interj (old)Kruzitürken (old)
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