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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The Kelts called wood-demons dus. (Compare the Latin deus.)   1
        “In the popular mythology both of the Kelts and Teutons there were certain hairy wooddemons, called by the former dus, and by the latter scrat (? scratz). Our common names of ‘Deuce’ and ‘Old Soratch’ are plainly derived from these.”—Lowell: Among my Books (Witchcraft), p. 109.
   It played the deuce with me. It made me very ill; it disagreed with me; it almost ruined me.   2
   The deuce is in you. You are a very demon.   3
   Deuce take you. Get away! you annoy me.   4
   What the deuce is the matter? What in the world is amiss?   5



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