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An expression of enthusiasm or exuberance, typically associated with cowboys or rural inhabitants of the southern US.
- ‘Eventually we came to a small stretch of tar seal and a clearing in the trees that exposed the coast line. We were over half way there and looking around us it looked like the rest of the ride was going to be all downhill - yeehah!’
- ‘He had a strong urge to shoot it off yelling a stereotypical yeehaw, then repressed it.’
- ‘I'm going to do all the little last-minute-things on my list, help Max pack the van, and then we'll go pick up Jae and Maura and hit the road, yeehah!’
- ‘I think I need to get me a cowboy hat for this summer… yeehah!’
- ‘Most people I know here, including conservative businessmen and card carrying members of conservative parties, are disgusted with Bush and his yeehah politics.’
- ‘One was a totally luxury trip on the back of an Enfield, yeehah.’
Natural exclamation: first recorded in American English in the 1970s.
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