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A style of oath appearing in Jacobean drama in the 17th century.




  1. (obsolete) A contraction of "God's foot"; an oath.
    • 1602, William Shakespeare, The History of Troilus and Cressida:
      ’Sfoot, I’ll learn to conjure and raise devils
    • 1604-1616. Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton, The Honest Whore:
      Again, again, as God judge me: ’sfoot, cuz, they stand thrumming here with me all day, and yet I get nothing.
      ’Sfoot, my wit bleeds for’t, methinks.
    • 1611, Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, King and No King:
      ’Sfoot, what a bevy of beaten slaves are here!
    • 1814. Ralph Griffiths, George Edward Griffiths, The Monthly Review, Page 234:
      ’Sfoot,” Mr. Editor, — what exquisite nonsense hast thou here suffered to pass wholly unnoticed?


  • Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England By John Pitcher, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press: 2001, page 18.[1]