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See also: Dickens
Origin: 1590–1600; apparently a fanciful use of the proper name Dicken, form of Dick.
- (euphemistic) The devil.
- She can go to the dickens for what she said.
- You scared the dickens out of me.
- In the phrase the dickens (Used as an intensifier).
- Why the dickens did he do that?
- We had the dickens of a row.
- Random House Dictionary