Dickens

(See Boz.)

Dickens is a perverted oath corrupted from “Nick.” Mrs. Page says -

“I cannot tell what the dickens his name is.” -

Shakespeare: Merry Wives of Windsor, iii. 2.

The three poets who express a conflagration are “Dickens! How-itt, Burns!”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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