stap my vitals
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- An exclamation of surprise or anger, sometimes used as an oath.
1845, William Hazlitt, Lectures on the English Comic Writers:
- You have married a woman beautiful in her person, charming in her airs, prudent in her conduct, constant in her inclinations, and of a nice morality - stap my vitals!
1995, Kenneth Robert, Boon Island:
- Stap my vitals Neal cried, and I knew he was quoting Otway.
1934, PG Wodehouse, Right Ho, Jeeves:
- "Stap my vitals, Tuppy, old corpse," I said, concerned, "you're looking pretty blue round the rims."