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CRIFFINS, CRIFTENS, Crifty, int. An expression of astonishment. Known to Bnff.2, Gsw.1, Kcb.10 1941 in form criffins. [′krɪf(t)ənz, ′krɪft] Edb. 1828  D. M. Moir Mansie Wauch (1839) xix.:
“Eh, crifty!” cried Benjie, coming till his speech, “they're a' aff — — cock and hens and a'.”
Ayr. 1891  H. Johnston Kilmallie v.:
Great Criftens! . . . I bought that beast four year syne for five pounds.
w.Dmf. 1920  J. L. Waugh Heroes in Hamespun (1921) 103:
Criffins! is that the shop-door bell?

[Phs. corruption of Christ fend us.]

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