devil, deuce, dickens(noun)
a word used in exclamations of confusion
"what the devil"; "the deuce with it"; "the dickens you say"
Dickens, Charles Dickens, Charles John Huffam Dickens(noun)
English writer whose novels depicted and criticized social injustice (1812-1870)
She can go to the dickens for what she said.
In the phrase the dickens ().
Charles Dickens, English novelist.
Origin: Origin: 1590–1600; apparently a fanciful use of the proper name Dicken, form of Dick.
Origin: [Perh. a contr. of the dim. devilkins.]
Dickens is a city in and the county seat of Dickens County, Texas, United States. The population was 332 at the 2000 census. Charles Weldon Cannon, a Dickens County native, made his famous boots and saddles in Dickens.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dik′enz, n. the deuce, the devil, as in 'What the dickens.'—Play the dickens with, to play the deuce with. [For devil, confused with Dickon = Richard.]
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
An author; polite term for the devil.
The numerical value of Dickens in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of Dickens in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I cannot tell what the dickens his name is.
Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.
Every city has a sex and an age which have nothing to do with demography. Rome is feminine. So is Odessa. London is a teenager, an urchin, and, in this, hasn't changed since the time of Dickens. Paris, I believe, is a man in his twenties in love with an older woman.
For aesthetics is the mother of ethics. Were we to choose our leaders on the basis of their reading experience and not their political programs, there would be much less grief on earth. I believe-not empirically, alas, but only theoretically-that for someone who has read a lot of Dickens to shoot his like in the name of an idea is harder than for someone who has read no Dickens.
I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of "Admin." The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid "dens of crime" that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern.
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