- an exclamation used to indicate strong assertion, surprise, etc.
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Origin of Jingo
From the minced oath by jingo, which was used in a music hall song, written ca. 1878 by G. W. Hunt, that supported Britain's then belligerent attitude towards Russia. In this context, a euphemism for Jesus, influenced by the meaningless presto-jingo used by conjurors. A connection with the Basque jainko (“god”) has been suggested, but evidence is lacking.
From the phrase by jingo used in the refrain of a bellicose 19th-century English music-hall song from alteration of Jesus
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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