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    Could any one advise me to the historical reference , if any and a clear defination to the use of dickens in the statement.
    She was famous for 'giving him the dickens'.

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    The word dickens is synonymous with devil. If you are giving somebody the dickens you are giving him a hard time. In other words, you are giving him a devil of a time.

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    We also say a 'dickens of a job' for something difficult or troublesome.

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