by George

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Particularly: “is this from Saint George, is it a corruption of God, or is it after somebody else, like one of the kings of England named George?”

"By (God and Saint) George" is a old English oath invoked immediately before charging into battle as late as World War I. A version of the oath can be found in Shakespeare's "Henry VI (Part I)", written circa 1589 and set in 1431.

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by George ‎(not comparable)

  1. (euphemistic) By God!: expressing wonderment, zeal.

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