From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Jingo \Jin"go\, n.; pl. Jingoes. [Said to be a corruption of
   St. Gingoulph.]
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   1. A word used as a jocular oath. "By the living jingo."
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   2. A statesman who pursues, or who favors, aggressive,
      domineering policy in foreign affairs; a bellicose
      superpatriot or chavinist. [Cant, Eng.]
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   Note: This sense arose from a doggerel song which was popular
         during the Turco-Russian war of 1877 and 1878. The
         first two lines were as follows: 
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               We don't want to fight, but by Jingo if we do,
               We 've got the ships, we 've got the men, we 've
               got the money too.
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