Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
[in singular] Used for emphasis, or to express annoyance or surprise when asking questions.‘what the dickens is going on?’‘they work like the dickens’
- ‘‘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.’
- ‘And daylilies bloom like the dickens in coastal Southern California, even outflowering roses.’
- ‘On a bad day, the knees and hips that haven't already been replaced hurt like the dickens.’
- ‘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.
Are you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
Before you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.