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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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John Campbell added: "Promoters are catching the devil by the tail when it comes to fight shows in Belfast.
The picture borrows an idea from the writings of Saint Augustine, who saw the events of salvation history as a kind of divine mousetrap for catching the devil. Joseph, in his sweeping bow to God's will, has shown the genius necessary to build a better mousetrap--maybe the best mousetrap of all, God's own word made flesh to trap the devil.