better the devil you know


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better the devil you know

When faced with two options, it is better to choose the more familiar one, even if it is undesirable. A shortened form of the phrase "better the devil you know than the devil you don't know." A: "Why don't you just quit your job if you're so miserable?" B: "Who knows if a new job will be any better? Better the devil you know."
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better the devil you know

mainly BRITISH
You say better the devil you know, to mean that you would rather deal with someone you already know, even if you do not like them, than deal with someone that you know nothing about, because they may be even worse. People are still voting for him. As they say, `Better the devil you know.' His challenger remains an unknown quantity. Note: This expression comes from the proverb better the devil you know than the devil you don't.
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better the devil you know

it's wiser to deal with an undesirable but familiar person or situation than to risk a change that might lead to a situation with worse difficulties or a person whose faults you have yet to discover.
This phrase is a shortened form of the proverb better the devil you know than the devil you don't know .
See also: better, devil, know

ˌbetter the ˌdevil you ˈknow (than the devil you don’t)

(saying) it is better to deal with somebody/something bad, difficult, etc. that is familiar than to make a change and perhaps have to deal with somebody/something worse
See also: better, devil, know
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