One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to emphasize great size or degree.‘photographic equipment costs a devil of a lot’
- ‘President Theodore Roosevelt, in a private brief interview, had confided that "affairs are in a devil of a mess."’
- ‘Working out the ‘bugs’ in this plan is going to be a devil of a headache.’
- ‘‘It gave me a devil of a lot of trouble’, said Morris, ‘to get that thing into verse’.’
- ‘We are sure that such things must exist, but have a devil of a time pinning them down - as detailed rules, they are not generally understood at all.’
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