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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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Complete the proverb: "He who sups with the devil should have a .
Perhaps he has forgotten the saying, "He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon".
The one who sups with the devil must have a long spoon.
But there is a saying "He who sups with the Devil needs a long spoon".
On that basis the Prince Of Darkness should do well, though it remains to be seen how well his networking qualities will work as he sups with the devils of Sinn Fein.