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Attested from the 19th century. Compare gadzooks from God’s hooks, ods bodikin from God’s bodkins, both allusions to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

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  1. (archaic) Expression of surprise or shock, my God, wow!
    • 1897, John Bennett, Master Skylark[1], page 138:
      “Here, here, odzookens, lad!” grinned the workman, stoldily, “thou ’lt vetch t’ river up if weeps zo ha-ard. Ztop un, ztop un ; do now.”
    • 1905, Mary Catherine Crowley, The Heroine of the Strait, page 344:
      His wife, you say, Mr. Sterling?” repeated Bradstreet testily. “Odzookens, I’ll have no tomfoolery or play-acting. Take her away, take her away.”

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