from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The Devil; Satan. See Regional Note at Old Scratch.
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- proper n. The devil; Satan
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. the devil.
- n. the evil one; the devil.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell
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On the way home he stopped by the Lucky and bought four bottles of beer, a couple from Mexico, a lager from England called Old Nick and a Henry's.
Her kidnapper, dubbed Old Nick, is only a shadowy figure to Jack.
Other expressions, such as Old Nick, Old Harry, have found a home in Wales.
He has spent his whole life in an 11-by-11-foot backyard shed with his mother, who was kidnapped seven years earlier and imprisoned by a man whom mother and son call Old Nick.
Although he's preternaturally observant, he rarely sees the scary man -- Old Nick -- who makes his mother's bed creak at night while he's "switched off in Wardrobe."
While the story is sometimes terrifying, Donoghue consistently de-emphasizes Old Nick, a strategy that reflects Jack's limited perspective but also demonstrates that she has no intention of trafficking in the sexual charge of abduction thrillers.
Update: Sleestak says in the comments that that's the mascot from Old Nick candy bars.
This is the legacy of Old Nick, as Sonus so euphemizingly portrays him – human desolation, misery and despair.
Finally, hypocrisy on an operatic scale is why we continue to think of Tricky Dicky as a modern version of Old Nick, America's home-grown devil.
That's just what George Steinbrenner, the Yankees 'own Old Nick, has done with his star pitcher Jim Abbott.