the dickens

idiom

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.

Examples of the dickens in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The OG ghost story that started it all scared the dickens out of people when Charles Dickens released it in 1843. Huntley Woods, EW.com, 20 Oct. 2023

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“The dickens.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20dickens. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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