The devil finds work for idle hands

The devil finds work for idle hands.

something that you say which means people who have no work or activity are more likely to do things they should not do, such as commit crimes There's plenty more tidying to do if you've finished the bedroom. The devil finds work for idle hands.
See play devil's advocate, give due
See also: devil, find, hand, idle, work
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The devil finds work for idle hands and leaving the celebs hanging about allows their emotions and insecurities to run riot.
While convicted rioters are facing stiff penalties in the courts, the saying that the devil finds work for idle hands remains as true as ever.
It's an old saying that the Devil finds work for idle hands.
As the devil finds work for idle hands, this group ought to be on compulsory emergency work schemes but the Government will probably refuse to implement such an idea - it would cost too much and it's cheaper to leave them to rot.