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devil/ˈdɛvl̟/noun
pluraldevils
devil
/ˈdɛvl̟/
noun
pluraldevils
Learner's definition of DEVIL  
the Devil  : the most powerful spirit of evil in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam who is often represented as the ruler of hell
   b  [count]  : an evil spirit
informal [count] 
: a person who does bad things or causes trouble usually in a way that is not too serious
   b  : a person (especially a man) who is lucky, unlucky, etc.
the devil informal  — used to make a statement or question more forceful
[singular]informal  : something that is very difficult or that causes a lot of trouble — usually used in the phrase a devil of
— see also the devil to pay at 1pay

be a devil

British, informal
— used to tell someone who is not sure about doing something to go ahead and do it

better the devil you know than the devil you don't

— used to say that it is better to deal with a difficult person or situation you know than with a new person or situation that could be worse

between the devil and the deep blue sea

old-fashioned
: in a situation that is difficult because you must choose between two unpleasant things

go to the devil

informal
— used to forcefully and rudely tell someone to go away and leave you alone

like the devil

informal
: very much
: with a lot of energy and speed

speak/talk of the devil

informal
— used in speech to say that someone you have been talking about has unexpectedly appeared
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