dick·​ens | \ ˈdi-kənz How to pronounce dickens (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web His absentee boss, whose own messaging often has been the dickens to decipher, obviously feels OK with what’s gone on here. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 7 June 2022 One very important part of that care is pruning, something that scares the dickens out of people. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 30 Apr. 2021 There was Bienchen in a nutshell: cute as the dickens but equipped with lacerating teeth. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2021 The way the Rams’ game imploded should scare the dickens out of L.A.’s players and coaches. Los Angeles Times, 25 Dec. 2020

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1599, in the meaning defined above

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“Dickens.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dickens. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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Dick·​ens | \ ˈdi-kənz How to pronounce Dickens (audio) \

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Charles John Huffam 1812–1870 pseudonym Boz \ ˈbäz How to pronounce Dickens (audio) , ˈbōz \ English novelist

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Dickensian \ di-​ˈken-​zē-​ən How to pronounce Dickens (audio) , -​sē-​ \ adjective

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