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devil British & World English

(In Christian and Jewish belief) the supreme spirit of evil; Satan

devil English Thesaurus

they perform the ritual of driving out the devils from their bodies

the Devil in devil British & World English

(In Christian and Jewish belief) the supreme spirit of evil; Satan

the devil in devil British & World English

Fighting spirit; wildness

devil ray British & World English

A large long-tailed ray which has a fleshy horn-like projection on each side of the mouth. It occurs on or near the surface of warm seas and feeds on plankton

go-devil British & World English

A crude sled, used chiefly for dragging logs

she-devil British & World English

A malicious or spiteful woman

blue devil British & World English

A blue capsule containing a barbiturate

devil dance British & World English

A dance performed as part of Buddhist ritual in Sri Lanka and Tibet, for the invocation, propitiation, or exorcism of spirits

dust devil British & World English

A small whirlwind or air vortex over land, visible as a column of dust and debris

folk devil British & World English

A person or thing held to be a bad influence on society

lucky devil British & World English

Used to express envy at someone else’s good fortune

thorny devil British & World English

Another term for moloch.

be a devil! British & World English

Said when encouraging someone to do something that they are hesitating to do

devil's bit British & World English

Any of a number of wild plants with a very short rootstock, said in folklore to have been bitten off by the devil, in particular:

devil's claw British & World English

A plant whose seed pods bear claw-like hooks which can harm livestock

devil's club British & World English

A very spiny straggling shrub of western North America

devil's grip British & World English

Informal term for Bornholm disease.

mountain devil British & World English

Another term for moloch.

printer's devil British & World English

A person, typically a young boy serving as an apprentice, who ran errands in a printing office

Tasmanian devil British & World English

A heavily built marsupial with a large head, powerful jaws, and mainly black fur, found only in Tasmania. It is slow-moving and aggressive, feeding mainly on carrion

like the devil British & World English

With great speed or energy

devil-may-care British & World English

Cheerful and reckless

Devil's Island British & World English

A rocky island off the coast of French Guiana, used from 1852 as a penal settlement, especially for political prisoners. The last prisoner was released in 1953

Devil's Tower British & World English

A rock column that is 865 feet (264 m) high in northeastern Wyoming, a national monument on the Belle Fourche River

devil-may-care English Thesaurus

those devil-may-care young pilots

a devil of a —— British & World English

Used to emphasize great size or degree

the devil to pay British & World English

Serious trouble to be dealt with

go to the devil! British & World English

Said in angry rejection or condemnation of someone

devil's advocate British & World English

A person who expresses a contentious opinion in order to provoke debate or test the strength of the opposing arguments

devil's paintbrush British & World English

The European orange hawkweed, which has become naturalized in North America

raise the devil British & World English

Make a noisy disturbance

the devil's own —— British & World English

Used to emphasize the difficulty or seriousness of something

speak of the devil British & World English

Said when a person appears just after being mentioned

play the devil with British & World English

Have a damaging or disruptive effect on

devil's coach-horse British & World English

A large black predatory rove beetle which raises its hind end and opens its jaws in a threatening manner when disturbed

devil's walking stick British & World English

A prickly angelica tree native to the eastern US

give the devil his due British & World English

If someone or something generally considered bad or undeserving has any redeeming features these should be acknowledged

the devil's in the detail British & World English

The details of a matter are its most problematic aspect

the devil looks after his own British & World English

Success or good fortune often seem to come to those who least deserve it

needs must when the Devil drives British & World English

Sometimes you have to do something you would rather not

lucky devil in lucky British & World English

Used to express envy at someone else’s good fortune

be a devil! in devil British & World English

Said when encouraging someone to do something that they are hesitating to do

sell one's soul British & World English

Do or be willing to do anything, no matter how wrong it is, in order to achieve one’s objective


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