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Great Scott

or Scot! A mitigated form of oath. The initial letter of the German Gott is changed into Sc.

“`Great Scott! ... Beg pardon!' ejaculated Silas, astounded.” —A. C. Gunter: Baron Montez, book iv. chap. xix.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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