old-fashioned A mild exclamation of surprise, alarm, dismay, annoyance, or exasperation. Primarily heard in US. Sakes alive, look at the time! How is it nearly midnight already? Sakes alive, Bill, would it kill you to take out the trash once in a while? Sakes alive, that cyclist nearly hit me!
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