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  1. (UK, dialectal) Lord! (especially as an expression of surprise)
    • 1850, Anthony Trollope, La Vendée:
      "Lawks! how uncomfortable," said the cook. "And M. Henri, was he wet too?"
    • 1988, Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters:
      "Your civic pride does you credit," said Hwel. "And now, please, leave the cart. I'm sure you've got some wood to gather. Lawks."

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This is a stereotypical utterance of a Cockney house-servant in literature, particularly 19th-century and early 20th-century literature, but by the end of the 20th century its use had become primarily ironic outside of historical fiction.

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