One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Expressing shock and alarm, often for humorous effect.‘I had a dip in the 40-degree pool (yikes!)’
- ‘The team tried a demonstration just before the show - yikes!’
- ‘She'd been in hospital for 8 hours on Monday night coz her side pains had gotten so bad that she could barely move. yikes!’
- ‘Bye bye golf, hello Pilates… yikes!’
- ‘Now might be a good moment to start panicking about Blackpool * yikes *.’
- ‘yikes man!’
- ‘Our boys finally get to interact for the first time… yikes!’
- ‘What I hoped would take 40 minutes to fix took more like 5 hours - yikes!’
- ‘After that we went to Arrow Bar (that makes 3 times in 5 days… yikes!).’
- ‘I've spent ages typing this short blog and talking on msn, yikes!’
- ‘It is expected to hit us at 3pm on Friday… yikes!’
- ‘But the Government did not get even that bit right, because it forgot about England - yikes!’
- ‘Yikes, your father sounds pretty scary himself.’
- ‘My favourite words include yikes, splat, glub, eek and aargh!’
1970s: of unknown origin; compare with yoicks.
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