One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An expression of disgust or disbelief.‘"Oh, dicken to that," the miners say’
- ‘Dicken on that for a joke.’
- ‘'What about pulling the emergency cord?' 'Aw, dicken on. I haven't got the dingbats and I haven't got five quid.'’
- ‘The accused said, 'Murder? Dicken on that, me murder anyone!'’
- ‘'You don't lie and cheat the way my mother does.' 'Ah, dicken.'’
- ‘You've got to tie your horse up; feed and water him, and groom him before you get near a bit of picking for yourself! Dicken to that. The infantry'll do me!’
Late 19th century: abbreviation of dickens.
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