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I'm in the deuce of a hole, and there's no one I know here besides yourself.

I can't keep my mind on m' fishing—just wondering what the deuce he's after.

Deuce awoke, looked about him, and yow-yow-yowed in doggish relief.

At this point Dick and Deuce, who had been paralleling through the woods, joined us.

It's played the deuce in this family, and will go on doing it.

You'd think the deuce was in it!I'd shake the humdrums out of you, I guess!

If you stay here, the deuce a man in all Ruritania will doubt of it—or a woman either.

Gagniere was stupefied; where the deuce could he have lost her?

We've money in our pockets, and the deuce is in it if we can't find something to buy.

The deuce, you've got one today, and I know it's hard lines.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., "the 2 in dice or cards," also "a roll of 2 in dice" (1510s), from Middle French deus (Modern French deux), from Latin duos (nominative duo) "two" (see two).

Became a mild oath by 1710, about 50 years after it was first attested in the sense of "bad luck, the devil, etc.," perhaps because two was the lowest score, and probably by similarity to Latin deus and related words meaning "god." Low German had der daus! in same sense 16c., which perhaps influenced the English form. Deuce coupe is 1940s hot-rodder slang for "souped up two-door car," especially a 1932 Ford. Related: Deuced; deucedly.

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