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*devil

Fig. a severe scolding. (*Typically: get ~; Catch ~; give someone ~.) Bill is always getting the devil about something. I'm late. If I don't get home soon, I'll catch the devil!
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Not so upon those of the unhappy Dammit, who offered to bet the Devil his head that I was hipped.
If he asks me to jump, I won't do it, that's flat, and I don't care who the devil he is.
Finding the ape-man made no attempt to harm him, the native at last recovered his grasp upon his courage, and, at Tarzan's suggestion, accompanied the white devil back to the village, calling as he went for his fellows to return also, as "the white devil has promised to do you no harm if you come back right away and answer his questions.
But the fear that he might indeed be a devil, and that out there in the jungle behind him his fierce demons waited to do his bidding, kept M'ganwazam from putting his desires into action.
Be you niece or daughter of the devil, yet still you be a woman, and I do not war against women.
That fiend, Norman the Devil, with his filthy pack of cut-throats besieged us for ten days, and then took the castle by storm and sacked it.
But," he continued, "this outlaw devil will come to the end of a short halter when once our civil strife is settled, for the barons themselves have decided upon an expedition against him, if the King will not subdue him.
An' speaking of the Devil," said the Baron, "how think you he will side should the King eventually force war upon the barons?
May the good God soon deliver England from this Devil of Torn.
Cardiff Devils led twice and with just over seven minutes left Nottingham Panthers were clinging to a 4-3 lead in front of a capacity crowd.
The scientists working with this program study Tasmanian devils, monitor their health, and track the devils found in the wild.
Devils and Demons unlock the potential of faster, highly-focused technology, to aid the digital artist workflow by utilizing finely-tuned workstations and entertainment-focused distributed processing systems.
But no one suspected that a deadly disease was spreading rampantly until stricken devils began dying across Jones's study site in 2001.
A team of researchers deciphered the genetic blueprints of two Tasmanian devils named Cedric and Spirit that hail from opposite ends of Tasmania, the team reports online June 27 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Up to 80 healthy Tasmanian devils will be released on Maria Island, off the east coast of Tasmania, in attempt to build an 'insurance population' against the devastating Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) a contagious cancer that has been spreading through the devil population since 1996.