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Could any one advise me to the historical reference , if any and a clear defination to the use of dickens in the statement.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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