Used to express mild fear or surprise.(interjection)
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Use "yikes" in a sentence
"Reagan campaigned in the South convincing white voters that their taxes were high, jobs were insecure and wages stagnant because of black workers, black welfare queens and people to whom he referred to as yikes "young bucks"."
"Coming into the recent election if you were in the oil business you had to notice that every new speech then candidate Obama gave, touched on eliminating America's dependence on fossil fuels (yikes, that is your bread and butter)."
"Hi Pat, yikes, that is something to whine about for sure."