- 克 seems to be the substitute character for
keibut is there a REAL character for this word?
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As Claw says, 去 is the historical character for it. This could come from 文白异读, that is, literary/colloquial readings. That would make sense, because colloquial readings are often either more innovative, or are a throwback.
Another option would be borrowing it from another variety, e.g. Cantonese keoi.