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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. 2 used when you are emphasizing something cute as the dickens He worked like the dickens.
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