Hurts Like The Dickens
Hurts Like The Dickens : Phrases
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 devil.
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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