What do people usually mean by saying "oh! freak"? I looked up "freak" in the dictionary. The answer I got is "freak" is used for a person who is obsessed about something (fitness, looks, etc).

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    Could you provide some written examples of this? It is hard to say without more context.
    – tchrist
    Oct 16, 2016 at 17:19
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    It's likely an inoffensive alternative to "Oh, fuck!".
    – DyingIsFun
    Oct 16, 2016 at 17:43
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    It may be a minced oath, or it may be referring to something or someone who is "freaky", like that kid in 9th grade that always dresses Goth.
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 16, 2016 at 19:35
  • Without context, it could simply be "Oh, that freaked me." Oct 17, 2016 at 1:14

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Please note that this answer is about, and as a result contains, swear words. Parental discretion is advised.

They're using the word "freak" as a euphemism, a sort of pseudo-swear. In polite conversation, it's generally not acceptable to use profanity. To get around this, there are many substitutes that people use which are somewhat similar in sound but are considered acceptable.

For example, instead of using the word "fuck", some people say "frik", "frig", or as you have heard, "freak". A replacement for "damn" is "darn". "Shit" may become "shucks", and "heck" is used for "hell".

Many religious people use "gosh" in place of "God", although this is an example of a different definition of profane.

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    Such euphemisms for taboo terms go by the moniker minced oaths.
    – tchrist
    Oct 16, 2016 at 18:46
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    @tox123- "crap" is not a swear word. It is the replacement for shit.
    – Jim
    Oct 16, 2016 at 21:36
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    "Crikey" is a euphemism for Christ, not for crap. Oct 17, 2016 at 3:32
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    Believe it or not, I've heard "oh crab cakes" as a replacement for "oh crap", used by an unusually pious individual, the son of a priest.
    – cdaddr
    Oct 17, 2016 at 6:33
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    People trying to stop swearing around children or their bosses or whatever even tend to use stranger words. I know at least two which have replaced all swear words with "sugar".
    – skymningen
    Oct 17, 2016 at 8:37

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