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sup with the devil

To associate or deal with a particularly malicious, immoral, or unscrupulous person or people; to commit malicious, immoral, or unscrupulous acts. ("Sup" means to eat or have supper.) Primarily heard in UK. Once considered one of the most straight-laced politicians in England, it's come to light that the former Health Secretary has been supping with the devil for years, giving pharmaceutical companies special privileges in exchange for sizable kickbacks. She has been accused of supping with the devil after the activist was spotted having dinner with the CEO of one of the conglomerations her charity opposes.
See also: devil, sup

sup (or dine) with the devil

have dealings with a cunning or malevolent person.
The proverb he who sups with the devil should have a long spoon is used especially to urge someone dealing with a person of this type to take care.
See also: devil, sup
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But I can assure FA chief executive Martin Glenn (above) that it wouldn't be a case of the FA and PFA supping with the devil because we all want the same thing.
We are wavering, seized with doubts, abandoning allies, leaving others to sort out things, supping with the devil, dialing back on our moral obligations, abandoning the global democratic vision, failing to supply global security, emasculating the military .
It he is a success they stand accused of supping with the devil.
Guest speaker then will be David Pinder with a talk called Supping with the Devil.
If politics and the larger interest of the (poor) 'nation' require supping with the devil, then one must, come what may.
No amount of windmills will replace the 19% of energy that nuclear power currently generates for us and while many will see it as supping with the devil, sadly, the replacement of those aged reactors would seem to be the only foreseeable way of guaranteeing our self sufficiency in energy.