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Used to express anger, surprise, or indignation.
[Shortening and alteration of God's wounds!]
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archaic a mild oath indicating surprise, indignation, etc
[C16: euphemistic shortening of God's wounds]
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Archaic. (used as a mild oath.)
[1590–1600; variant of 'swounds, for God's wounds]
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