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Old Nick

noun, Informal.
1.
the devil; Satan.
Origin of Old Nick
1660-1670
1660-70
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  • When all the molecules decay and go to the Old Nick, the body can no longer live.

  • They are coming along as though they were followed by the Old Nick himself!

    An Undivided Union Oliver Optic
  • And in fine, after several replications and rejoinders, they were all sent to Old Nick; save only two or three, that found mercy.

  • Old Nick, in some form or other, is the basis of every kind of Christianity.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • Were jest out for a lark, an we seen your Old Nick wagon comin along.

    The Motor Boys Overland Clarence Young
  • He loveth of the little maid, so much as Old Nick 'loweth him.

    Perlycross R. D. Blackmore
  • We've got to know where we stand, or there will be the Old Nick to pay.

    Blindfolded Earle Ashley Walcott
  • Few people in those days had the courage to take Old Nick good-naturedly.

    Devil Stories Various
  • In a few minutes the young man stood on the threshold of the cavern of the Old Nick's Jump.

    The Red River Half-Breed Gustave Aimard
  • Old Nick couldn't have slept near 'em; caw caw, caw, all mixt up together in one jumble of a sound, like "jawe."

    The Attache Thomas Chandler Haliburton
British Dictionary definitions for Old Nick

Old Nick

noun
1.
(informal) a jocular name for Satan
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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