They began tagging the word "deuce" around campus and saying “deuce” a lot.
At deuce the great one double faults to reach match point for a third time.
There is that girl who came with Beckendorff; who the deuce she is, I don't know: let us hope the best!
I'm in the deuce of a hole, and there's no one I know here besides yourself.
I say, cried Mr. Williams, turning very red, what the deuce do you mean by talking to me as if I was left for execution?
I can't keep my mind on m' fishing—just wondering what the deuce he's after.
"Ya-as," drawled Deppy, with a look which was meant to convey the impression that he did not know who the deuce he was addressing.
It's played the deuce in this family, and will go on doing it.
On her ladyship's bankers, too, for to-morrow; and I must meet it, for there'll be the deuce to pay else.
You'd think the deuce was in it!I'd shake the humdrums out of you, I guess!
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.
[hot-rod sense probably fr the two or deuce of 1932]