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    Question 'the very dickens"


    While I was reading, I found a phrase "the very dickens".

    The sentence is ; She worked like the very dickens.

    I think this has something to do with the writer 'Dickens' but can't guess exactly what it means. Of course, I looked for these words in google and found plenty of different usages.

    I'd appreciate if you helped my understanding with some more examples and explanation.

    gyeyoung from Korean.

    • Join Date: Jun 2005
    • Posts: 100

    Re: 'the very dickens"

    "The dickens" is an informal expression, especially British English, used for adding force to an expression and it means "the devil".


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