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interjection

  1. (an exclamation of surprise or alarm.)

interjection

  1. informal an expression of surprise, fear, or alarm

exclamation of alarm or surprise, by 1953; perhaps from yoicks, a call in fox-hunting, attested from c.1770. Yike “a fight” is slang attested from 1940, of uncertain connection.

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