the dickens

dickens

1. The devil. Typically used as an intensifier. What the dickens is going on in here? I heard that loud bang all the way down the hall.
2. A mischievous child. A: "Ella just pulled over a chair so she could reach the cookies on the high shelf." B: "Boy, she's a clever little dickens, that's for sure."

the dickens

verb
See also: dickens
References in classic literature ?
Walk fast now till you get away from the houses, and then shin for the raft like the dickens was after you
But I hate to hear 'em abuse him so like the dickens when he never done -- that.
What the dickens," said I to myself, "can a hut be doing here?
What in the dickens are you grinning about now, old lady?
and caused the dickens of a lot of unpleasantness; but there in its usual slipshod way memory failed.
How the dickens did the man get the wrong side of the ceiling-cloth?
Now where the dickens did you get that knowledge, Hira Singh?
I explained that I was an academic, a Trustee of the Charles Dickens Museum, and one of the organizers of the Dickens 2012 Festival.
According to the Dickens 2012 official website, the exhibition which runs till 28 October, 2012 will explore the significant connection between Charles Dickens and visual art.
She said that during the five years she spent researching and writing the Dickens biography, the subject had taken over her life "completely".
He told how the males of the Dickens family still meet up in his favourite London pub, the George and Vulture, to catch up every year.
Both of these houses have since been demolished, but the Dickens Fellowship bought 48 Doughty Street in 1924, opening it as a museum the following year under the auspices of a charitable trust.
And the latest chapter in the Dickens dynasty also begins as the world gears up to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the author's own birth this year - with more lavish adaptations of his novels planned, plus a film of his life starring Ralph Fiennes.
Mrs Dickens' Family Christmas (BBC Two, December 30, 10pm) [bar] Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly [bar] Looking at the marriage of Charles Dickens through the eyes of his wife, Catherine, Sue Perkins exposes the lesser-known reality of the Dickens family Christmas - very different from the heart-warming versions he pedalled in A Christmas Carol.
In Worcester, members of the Dickens Fellowship meet regularly to share the words and life of the author.