Damn your eyes!

What is the origin of the curse, ‘Damn your eyes!’?

And just to beat everyone to the punch, Igor says ‘Too late!’ :stuck_out_tongue:

IIRC, Captain Bly’s book,* Mutiny aboard HMS Bounty*, or something like that, available on Gutenberg.org, has him quoting one of the mutineers as using that term. Don’t know of any earlier.

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["The OED’s earliest reference is from Tristram Shandy, 1761:

From the great and tremendous oath of William the Conqueror, (By the splendour of God) down to the lowest oath of a scavenger, (Damn your eyes)."](http://www.takeourword.com/TOW206/page2.html)

You’re a scurvy dog, you are.