Halloween 2: devil
Idioms with devil
|be a devil||encourage someone to do something they are unsure of||Be a devil and eat that last piece of cake!|
|between the devil and the deep blue sea||forced to choose between two equally bad options||Walk home in the rain or wait an hour to be picked up, I’m stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea.|
|devil’s advocate||argue a point you don’t agree with to keep a discussion going||Teachers often play devil’s advocate in the classroom to keep students talking.|
|speak/talk of the devil||said to someone who you’ve been speaking about when they suddenly appear||Speak of the devil, we were just talking about you.|
|who/what/where the devil…?||used in questions to emphasize annoyance or anger||Who the devil are you?|
|better the devil you know (than the devil you don’t)||proverb: it is better to stay in a familar but unpleasant situation than to put yourself in an unfamiliar situation which may be worse||Adam didn’t like his job anymore but he decided not apply for a new one. His mother had always told him ‘better the devil you know than the devil you don’t'.|
|the devil is in the details||the details of something are the most difficult thing about it||
Look. I’ve almost finished sewing this jacket and it’s only taken half an hour!
—I’ve finished the main outline.
|the devils’s own …||emphasises the difficulty of something||It was the devil’s own job to put the children to bed at 8 o’clock.|
|the devil to pay||serious trouble||We’ll have the devil to pay if we don’t get home before midnight!|