noun[in singular] • informal , • dated
- Used for emphasis, or to express annoyance or surprise when asking questions: what the dickens is going on? they work like the dickensMore example sentences
- On a bad day, the knees and hips that haven't already been replaced hurt like the dickens.
- ‘It hurt like the dickens,’ the first-term congressman said.
- He is in a dickens of a bind, it seems to me, morally, ethically, and legally.
late 16th century: a euphemism for 'devil', probably a use of the surname Dickens.
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- The US English dictionary