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confront (one's)/the demons

To acknowledge and attempt to understand that which causes ongoing problems in one's life, such as fears, shortcomings, psychological trauma, addiction, etc. The fight with my girlfriend forced me to confront my demons and admit that I'm an alcoholic. With the help of a therapist, I was able to confront the demons that had gripped me since childhood, thanks to toxic messaging from my troubled mother.
See also: confront, demon

like a demon

An intensifier used when one puts forth great effort to do something. I'm planning to fight like a demon against this illness, so I'm researching both Western and Eastern methods of treatment. We've been working like demons to get the update finished before the Christmas break.
See also: demon, like

speed demon

1. Someone who drives very fast in their car, especially over the legal speed limit. I used to be an awful speed demon, but I got so many tickets that I nearly lost my license. OK, I know we're running late, but there's no need to be such a speed demon. I'd rather arrive alive.
2. An athlete who runs, skates, swims, cycles, etc., very fast. The team's new running back is one hell of a speed demon. The speed demon already had eight Olympic gold medals for cycling, and he finally added a Tour de France championship to his list of accolades.
3. Someone or something that performs an action much faster than is usual. I can't believe you've already read through all these reports. You're a real speed demon! Th tablet's new CPU is a speed demon, all right, but it eats through the battery like nobody's business.
See also: demon, speed

the demon drink

slang A derogatory phrase for alcohol that emphasizes its negative effects. Woe be to any of you who fall under the spell of the demon drink.
See also: demon, drink
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

the demon ˈdrink

(British English, humorous) alcoholic drink: It was the demon drink that made me act in that way.
See also: demon, drink
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

speed demon

1. n. a fast runner; a fast driver. Tom is a speed demon. He qualified for the Olympics.
2. n. a habitual user of methamphetamine. (Drugs.) When they are high, most speed demons don’t know what they are doing.
See also: demon, speed
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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But no matter, wherever Annabelle goes, trouble seems sure to follow, in the form of mysteriously slamming doors and malfunctioning appliances (TV, oven, sewing machine), all of which Leonetti milks for every ounce of ominous portent (though, really, there's only so much one can do with a demonically possessed tin of stove-top popcorn).
In the course of defending himself, Proctor has been forced to admit publicly to an adulterous liaison with Abigail, one of the young girls claiming to be demonically possessed.
Ryan Moohan, playing Jonathan Harker, seemed to have too matter-of-fact an approach, and even towards the climax when Harker must bear witness to his dear wife Mina (played excellently by Eleanor Kilroy) being demonically defiled by the Prince of Darkness himself, it did not seem to provoke any real jealousy or outrage.
There was, as we know, an entirely different plan demonically devised for them, and it unfolded prophetically on that day when the local police, eager to fulfill their grim commission, came knocking at Starzynski's door.
Such matters need to happen at some remove to free Margery from accusations of Lollardy; indeed, Cooper-Rompato cites the case of a young girl in Nivelles whose ability to speak Latin marks her as demonically rather than divinely inspired, an accusation likely also to be made against the already suspect Margery were she to speak Latin.
The imposing figures of 10 Old Testament prophets are arrayed in two rows on the ground floor and a set of gargoyles picturing the Seven Deadly Sins thrust demonically out of the walls above.
Following from the belief that the sect is an illusion, Jacquier's opponents complete their obstruction of the inquisition by arguing that the evidence of people charged with belonging to the sect is inadmissible, since the accomplices identified may only be demonically supplied illusions.
Since we don't really know where we want to go, or what we should value, we have become demonically obsessed with ever-increasing power and control.
One night, they are attacked by a band of demonically possessed warriors.
Still at each other's throats?" Margaret sliced the paring knife back and forth in the air, grinning demonically.
In a second prank, Falstaff was hidden behind quilts before being disguised as "the fat woman of Brentford." The jealous husband was certain that Falstaff again hid inside the laundry basket and danced demonically on top of it, relishing what he thought would be the public humiliation of his wife's lover.
In the Watford game it was noticeable how the front players and midfielders would track back and work demonically and how tightly-knit the team was in general.
"The pressure of this generation is creating an opportunity that we can have a God-induced change or we could have a demonically inspired mess-up that could produce this change....
From the standpoint of the Counterreformation this attack on the reality of the Catholic belief system was demonically inspired and tended toward atheism.
The most egregious example of this is his treatment of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a subject on which he dwells only because in his essay "Jews in the Soviet Union and in Future Russia," Solzhenitsyn is cited as referring to them as a "crude, near parodic rendering of a demonically subtle and well thought out plan" (p.