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the most powerful evil
in some religions, especially in Christianity
The villagers believed a devil had taken control of his body.
speak of the devil
talk of the devil
used when someone you have just been talking about walks into the room where you are
poor/lucky/handsome etc devil
used to talk about someone who you feel sorry for, who is lucky etc
What on earth is wrong with the poor devil?
used to talk about a child or an older man who behaves badly, but who you like
He's a naughty little devil.
I really miss the old devil.
be a devil
used to persuade someone to do something they are not sure they should do
Go on, be a devil, have another gin and tonic.
what/who/why etc the devil?
used to show that you are surprised or annoyed
How the devil should I know what she's thinking?
a devil of a time/job etc
a difficult or unpleasant time, job etc
We had a devil of a job trying to get the carpet clean again.
go to the devil!
used to tell someone rudely to go away or stop annoying you
do something like the devil
to do something very fast or using a lot of force
They rang the bell and ran like the devil.
better the devil you know (than the devil you don't)
used to say that it is better to deal with someone or something you know, even if you do not like them, than to deal with someone or something new that might be worse
between the devil and the deep blue sea
in a difficult situation because there are only two choices you can make and both of them are unpleasant
... and the devil take the hindmost
used to say that everyone in a situation only cares about what happens to themselves and does not care about other people
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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