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Used for emphasis, or to express annoyance or surprise when asking questions.‘what the dickens is going on?’‘they work like the dickens’
- ‘On a bad day, the knees and hips that haven't already been replaced hurt like the dickens.’
- ‘And daylilies bloom like the dickens in coastal Southern California, even outflowering roses.’
- ‘He is in a dickens of a bind, it seems to me, morally, ethically, and legally.’
- ‘‘It hurt like the dickens,’ the first-term congressman said.’
- ‘This is going to hurt like the dickens, but you'll have to bear with it.’
Late 16th century: a euphemism for ‘devil’, probably a use of the surname Dickens.
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