better the devil you know


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

something that you say to mean it is better to deal with a person or thing you know, even if you do not like them, than to deal with a new person or thing who could be even worse I know Mike can be difficult to work with sometimes, but better the devil you know.
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At the end of the spectacular encore performance, in which Kylie sang Burning Up, Better the Devil You Know and Can't Get You Out My Head, Kylie appeared to be overwhelmed with emotion as the unmissable show drew to a close.
Drawn against a team from their own division they are in the position of better the devil you know, but away to Charlton is hardly one to get the juices flowing and all you can say is that it is a tie where concentrating on reaching the next round in the hope of something better cropping up is the best you can do.
Better The Devil You Know was inspired by a conversation with an audience member.
Hence Better the Devil You Know, her new hot-from-Edinburgh show coming to The Brindley at Runcorn next week.
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Featuring performances of tracks from the star's latest album, Aphrodite, including Get Outta My Way, Closer and Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love), as well as classic anthems such as Can't Get You Out Of My Head, On a Night Like This and Better The Devil You Know, this live concert sees Minogue at her best.
1968: Australian singer Kylie Minogue, whose hits include Can't Get You Out Of My Head, Better The Devil You Know, and Spinning Around, is 40 today
As they say, it's better the devil you know - and as far as you a re concerned, they are right this time.
In closing, may I say that I love my country and for me it's better the devil you know than the devil you don't know.
Better the devil you know, especially if he has big pockets, than the uncertainty of going it alone.
Her show, Better the Devil You Know, is rich with observational humour and based on a conversation she had with an audience member who was interested to hear that the comedian has got married in New York.
Until then, better the devil you know than paying the devil twice for the same old rubbish.
Sometimes I feel it's better the devil you know, so I've never had any reason to look for a move away.
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