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Definition of dickens noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    the dickens (old-fashioned) (informal)
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  1. 1used in questions instead ofdevilto show that you are annoyed or surprised Where the dickens did he go?
  2. 2used when you are emphasizing something cute as the dickens He worked like the dickens.
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