the Deuce


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the Deuce

New England appellation for the devil. [Am. Folklore: Leach, 353]
See: Devil
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He couldn't play any longer at innocence; so how the deuce would he get out of it?
I felt what a forlorn little chap Timothy was, with no one to say a word for him, and I became his champion and hinted something about teething, but withdrew it when it seemed too surprising, and tried to get on to safer ground, such as bibs and general intelligence, but the painter fellow was so willing to let me have my say, and knew so much more about babies than is fitting for men to know, that I paled before him and wondered why the deuce he was listening to me so attentively.
"The deuce! the deuce!" repeated La Fontaine; "what can I do?"
"And why the deuce are we going to fight Bonaparte?" remarked Shinshin.
"The deuce! he has no money then, I suppose," said De Guiche, shrugging his shoulders.
"What the deuce is she thinking of?" thought Gringoire, staring at what she was gazing at; "'tis impossible that it can be that stone dwarf carved in the keystone of that arch, which thus absorbs her attention.
Rising, Rouletabille exclaimed again: "The deuce!" Presently he added: "Yet I believe Monsieur Robert Darzac to be an honest man." He then led me on the road to the Donjon Inn, which we could see on the highway, by the side of a small clump of trees.
"What the deuce was the good of my telling you what any tom-fools talked about?"
The 'walk in' was uttered with closed teeth, and expressed the sentiment, 'Go to the Deuce:' even the gate over which he leant manifested no sympathising movement to the words; and I think that circumstance determined me to accept the invitation: I felt interested in a man who seemed more exaggeratedly reserved than myself.
I wished a round score of men--in case of natives, buccaneers, or the odious French--and I had the worry of the deuce itself to find so much as half a dozen, till the most remarkable stroke of fortune brought me the very man that I required.
"The deuce! I was going to tell you there's one thing that worries me-- my burner!"
"The deuce you say!" replied the marquis, "let us lose no time, then!"