Hurts Like The Dickens

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To hurt a lot, to be painful.


It hurts like the dickens that Therese's old computer won't bring up jokes properly!


Dickens in this case is a euphemism for

Hence the phrase is really
hurts like the devil which is also a common phrase. Dickens was likely considered more polite than devil in Victorian times, and may have been a superstitious alternative.

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