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e hika Play

1. (interjection) good heavens! far out! for goodness sake! goodness me! my goodness! - an exclamation to express astonishment, surprise or disgust. Sometimes as e hika e or e hika mā.

Ko o waho anake o ngā tōtiti kua maoa; o roto, e hika! Kāore rawa i pai, he pūwherowhero te mīti o roto. / Only the outside of the sausages were cooked; inside, heavens! They weren't good, the meat inside was pink.
Kātahi nā te mutunga mai o te pōkaku, o te pāhewahewa, e hika e! (HM 4/1997:5). / How totally mistaken and deluded is that, for goodness sake!
(Te Pihinga Textbook (Ed. 2): 106; Te Pihinga Audio Tapes/CDs (Ed. 2): exercise 40;)

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