Green’s Dictionary of Slang

for cripes’ sake! excl.

also for cripe sake! for creep sake! creeps sake!
[euph. for for Christ’s sake! excl.]

a general excl. of annoyance, surprise etc.

[US]T. Thursday ‘West Goes South’ in Everybody’s Oct. [Internet] ‘For cripes sake, kid,’ yelps Sweeney, ‘come to the point!’.
[US]J.P. McEvoy Hollywood Girl 187: paul: Where d’you want the apples, Mr. Nebbick? director: Well for cripes – on the tree, sapadillo.
[US]J. Tully Bruiser 253: A chance – for cripes sake – he’d have a chance with a cyclone.
[US]F. Brown Dead Ringer 85: For cripes’ sake kid, what’s eating you?
[UK](con. 1943) A. Myrer Big War 9: You ought to be our lieutenant. Ambience, for cripe sake [...] Then you could stand out in front of us there and use some of that gay old education. Give us the old pooperoo. [Ibid.] 342: Give the poor sods a bleeding drink, for creep sake.
[US]P. Crump Burn, Killer, Burn! 46: For cripe’s sake! I only asked you a friggin’ question.
[Aus]J. Doughty Gold in Blood 175: ‘Yeah, for cripe’s sake, let it rain,’ the drunken congregation chorused.
[US]S. King It (1987) 756: This guy’s a pharmacist, not a doctor, for cripe’s sake.
[US]H. Roth From Bondage 384: ‘Just before we left El Paso. I bought three packages.’ ‘Creeps’ sake. Ever providential.’ He sighed admiringly.
[US]C. Cook Robbers (2001) 11: For cripes sake, he moaned, this ice ain’t doing it.