catch the devil

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catch the devil

To receive the brunt of another's anger, often through scolding. If I get home past curfew again, I'm really going to catch the devil from my parents!
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One warns him that if he does not change his ways, he will be doomed to join them, forever trying to catch the Devil''s herd across these endless skies.
Here is French President Francois Hollande asking the UN team to change its course from Khan al-Assal to Al-Ghouta, in the hope that it would catch the devil responsible for the chemical gases crime.
Aaronson quotes an FBI official defending this practice: "To catch the devil you have to go to hell."
Isn't it right to violate the law to catch the Devil?
Pelle has been skating for several weeks and how Giants would love to catch the Devils out by giving the goals ace his return against his former club.
"Maybe if someone can identify this door, it will allow them to catch the devils who have done this."