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  1. (noun) In many religions, the major personified spirit of evil, ruler of Hell, and foe of God. Used with the.
  2. (noun) A subordinate evil spirit; a demon.
  3. (noun) A wicked or malevolent person.
  4. (noun) A person: a handsome devil; the poor devil.
  5. (noun) An energetic, mischievous, daring, or clever person.
  6. (noun) Printing A printer's devil.
  7. (noun) A device or machine, especially one having teeth or spikes and used for tearing.
  8. (noun) An outstanding example, especially of something difficult or bad: has a devil of a temper.
  9. (noun) A severe reprimand or expression of anger: gave me the devil for cutting class.
  10. (noun) Informal Used as an intensive: Who the devil do you think you are?
  11. (verb-transitive) To season (food) heavily.
  12. (verb-transitive) To annoy, torment, or harass.
  13. (verb-transitive) To tear up (cloth or rags) in a toothed machine.
  14. (idiom) between the devil and the deep blue sea Between two equally unacceptable choices.
  15. (idiom) full of the devil Very energetic, mischievous, daring, or clever.
  16. (idiom) give the devil his due To give credit to a disagreeable or malevolent person.
  17. (idiom) go to the devil To be unsuccessful; fail.
  18. (idiom) go to the devil To become depraved.
  19. (idiom) go to the devil Used in the imperative to express anger or impatience.
  20. (idiom) play the devil with To upset or ruin.
  21. (idiom) the devil take the hindmost Let each person follow self-interest, leaving others to fare as they may.
  22. (idiom) the devil to pay Trouble to be faced as a result of an action: There'll be the devil to pay if you allow the piglets inside the house.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. I dont mind your damning and blasting, and what the devil and where the devil and who the devil— - Act II
  2. Dere will be de devil of a row about dis ammunition -- oh! de devil of a row! - The Country of the Blind, and Other Stories
  3. A Turkish proverb says, "The devil tempts the busy man, but the idle man tempts the devil." - The Bed-Book of Happiness
  4. It is hypocrisy against the devil] Hypocrisy against the devil, means hypocrisy to cheat the devil. - Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies
  5. I. ii.160 (12,6) eternal devil] I should think that our author wrote rather, infernal devil. - Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies


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