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noun     devil pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1

    the Devil

    the most powerful evil spirit in many religions such as Christianity, Judaism, and Islam
    1. a.
      [countable] an evil spirit

      They believed she had been possessed by devils.

  2. 2
    [countable] informal someone who does not behave very well, especially a child. You usually use this word when you are not really angry with the person

    I bet you were a little devil when you were younger.

  3. 3
    [countable] informal a person. Used when you are describing someone or saying how you feel about them, especially if you like them

    Poor old devil, he doesn’t get many visitors.

  4. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    go to the devil used to tell someone in a rude way to go away or stop annoying you

    Tell her to go to the devil.

    Submitted by Caleb Judy from United States on 23/10/2016
  5. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    let the devil take the hindmost something that you say to mean that you should only think about yourself and your own success and not care about other people

    You've got to be tough to survive in this business - grab what you can and let the devil take the hindmost.

    Submitted by Sevada Hakobyan from United States on 07/10/2016
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