At deuce the great one double faults to reach match point for a third time.
They began tagging the word "deuce" around campus and saying “deuce” a lot.
There is that girl who came with Beckendorff; who the deuce she is, I don't know: let us hope the best!
Commandant Raynal was amazed at all this, and asked what the deuce was the matter.
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'll make Fiji too hot for you, and your business will go to the deuce.
"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.
Why the deuce should he take the trouble to disturb your night's rest?
On her ladyship's bankers, too, for to-morrow; and I must meet it, for there'll be the deuce to pay else.
What the deuce is a fellow to do when a woman goes on in that way?
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]