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Great Scott or Scot!

A mitigated form of oath. The initial letter of the German Gott is changed into Sc.

“‘Great Scott! … Beg pardon!ʹ ejaculated Silas, astounded.”—A. C. Gunter: Baron Montez, book iv. chap. xix.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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