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See also: OOPS
A presumably 'natural' exclamation, only attested since 1933, possibly altered to (or from) whoops (attested since 1933)
- Acknowledging a minor mistake.
- Oops! I left the lid off the ketchup.
- Used sarcastically to acknowledge a major mistake.
- I just stepped on dog poo! Oops!
- Oops, I didn't see you there.
- Oops,... I locked my car keys inside the car.
acknowledging a minor mistake
used sarcastically to acknowledge a major mistake
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