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Old oath, say: a “damn” originally? (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

egad

Here is my best explanation:

'old oath' is the definition.

(I've seen this before)

'say a damn originally?' is the subsidiary indication.

'say' becomes 'eg'.

'originally?' indicates taking the first letters.

The first letter of 'damn' is 'd'.

'eg'+'a'+'d'='egad'

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for egad that I've seen before include "Archaic exclamation of surprise", "Oath sworn", "Mild oath - aged (anag)", "Archaic expression of anger, surprise, etc", "Curse", "My word once", "Old exclamation; aged (anagram)", "Forgotten curse", "Old oath" and "Mild oath (archaic)".)

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