Seventeenth-century British variant of oh my God, probably intended to avoid blasphemy.
- (idiomatic, dated, euphemistic) You gods! Used to express surprise or incredulity.
- 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (Chapter 2)
- Would he not far rather lay him down lengthwise along the line of the equator; yea, ye gods! go down to the fiery pit itself, in order to keep out this frost?
- ^ "Ye gods and little fishes!" (World Wide Words)
- ^ "Gosh, we can't leave God alone when we speak" (The Electric New Paper News)