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In Chapter 67, Eli McCullough thinks:

I started to tell her, but couldn't. Old Nicky himself had pinched my jaw shut.

Who is Old Nicky? I suspect it's some folklore, but can't find anything on him.

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Old Nick is a slang term for the devil. From Merriam-Webster:

Old Nick noun

— used as a name of the devil

Example sentences:

  • he gave me a look that would scare Old Nick

So Eli is claiming that the devil made him keep his jaw shut.

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