One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An exclamation of surprise or annoyance.
- ‘Older people have more time, more money, and now - gadzooks!’
- ‘What's so bizarre about members of the public, shock horror, enjoying a film with a storyline that can be followed on gadzooks! - one viewing without having to buy the accompanying crib notes?’
Late 17th century: alteration of God's hooks, i.e. the nails by which Christ was fastened to the cross; see Gad.
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