Gadzooks

Gadzooks
/gad'zoohks"/, interj. Archaic.
(used as a mild oath.) Also, Odzooks, Odzookers.
[1645-55; perh. repr. God's hooks (i.e., the nails of Christ's Cross); cf. GAD]

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