Definition of Jehoshaphat in English:

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Pronunciation: /jəˈhäsəfat/
(also Jehosaphat)
1A king of Judah in the mid 9th century BC.
1.1 [as exclamation] (also jumping Jehoshaphat) A mild expletive: Jehoshaphat! That would be ghastly
Probably a euphemism for Jesus
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  • Yes, as a youngster I heard a few strange exclamations too from an elderly aunt, ones like ‘jumping Jehoshaphat’ and ‘karumba’ or something to that effect.
  • The closest Mom comes to swearing is saying "shoot," "darn," "Jiminey," or "Jumping Jehoshaphat."
  • Yeah, but its an old British saying/exclamation of surprise that the Third Doctor would use, usually "Jumping Jehoshaphat" would be the version used.

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Syllabification: Je·hosh·a·phat

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