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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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The game remained tied going into the final period, and then things kicked off after a big hit by Nottingham's Jaynen Rissling on Evan Mosey that caught the Devil by surprise and knocked him out of the game.
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