gosh

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Euphemism (or minced oath) for God. First seen in 1757 as by gosh, probably from by gosse in Udall's Ralph Roister Doister (circa 1553).

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gosh

  1. (euphemistic) A mild expression of surprise or enthusiasm as to be put in place of “God”, particularly in fear of saying the Lord’s name in vain.
    Gosh, I didn’t realize I’d cause so much trouble!
    Gosh I’d love to go to that concert!

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