circa 1652, in the meaning defined above
perhaps from God's hooks, the nails of the Crucifixion
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“Gadzooks.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gadzooks. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.
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