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Definition of dickens noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    dickens

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈdɪkənz//
     
    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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