the dickens

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Definition of the dickens 

informal + old-fashioned
used to make a statement or question more forceful What the dickens do you mean?We'll have to work like the dickens to finish this project.(US) It scared/frightened the dickens out of people.(US) She's as cute as the dickens.

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