Like the Dickens
What's the meaning of the phrase 'Like the Dickens'?
A lot; as in 'hurts like the dickens'.
What's the origin of the phrase 'Like the Dickens'?
This phrase has nothing to do with Charles Dickens. Dickens is a euphemism, specifically a minced-oath, for the word devil, possibly via devilkins. Shakespeare used it in 'the Merry Wives of Windsor, 1600:
I cannot tell what the dickens his name is my husband had him of.
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