Used as a euphemism for Christ: Joyce is on the warpath, cripes! for cripes' sakes get a move on or we’ll be late
More example sentences
- I know, I know, but cripes!
- Robert gasped in amazement, his mouth gaped open, he went as white as a sheet and his eyes opened wide. All he could say was ‘Nay, cripes!’
- Some of ‘em are in pretty good shape, but cripes!
early 20th century: alteration of Christ.
Definition of cripes in:
- The US English dictionary