Like the dickens
What's the meaning of the phrase 'Like the dickens'?
A lot; as in 'hurts Like the dickens'.
What's the origin of the phrase 'Like the dickens'?
Shakespeare used 'dickens' in 'the Merry Wives of Windsor, 1600:
I cannot tell what the dickens his name is my husband had him of.
See other phrases and sayings from Shakespeare.
See also: What the dickens.