One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to emphasize how bad, difficult, or serious something is.
- ‘Ken Allen & Les Hair are in the artillery & they have a pretty rough spin occasionally & get in a deuce of a state especially when they are up with the guns.’
- ‘Tweedy commiserated with Brooks about the task: ‘It is going to be a deuce of a job to replace the Editor; but with the present Journal taken care of, it will give time to think future plans over.’’
- ‘It makes a deuce of a day of it but it is a great spell between the drills.’
- ‘I forgot to tell you I think that for about 4 days from the 19th onward we had a deuce of a heat wave.’
- ‘If Hitler's army had been composed of Movie Nazis, it would have been, to quote any of the cocky, effete soldiers David Niven played in the 60s, a damned deuce of a thing, eh?’
- ‘Then we had to wait a deuce of a time for our bath where we got rid of the Somme mud.’
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