a general oath (cf. holy mackerel! excl.).
|London Prodigall II ii: A by the mackins, good syr Lancelot .|
|Virgil Travestie (1765) Bk I 59: By th’ Mack (quoth she) thou Trojan trusty. [Ibid.] Bk IV 90: And now this Swabber, by the Maskins, / Thunders up Dido’s Gally-Gaskins.|
|Sir Martin Mar-all IV i: By the Mackings, I thought there was no good in’t.|
|Plautus’s Amphitryon I i: By the Mackins, I believe Phebus has been playing the Good-Fellow.(trans.)|
|Devil to Pay I iii: By the Mackin, she’s drunk, bloody drunk.|
|Examiner 24 June 6/2: By the merry-maskins, Peggy, you’re a good judge.|
|Manchester Times 26 Dec. 2/1: By the maskins, Lord.|