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the devil

Particularly difficult, arduous, or unpleasant. My husband's handwriting is the devil to read. This cake is always the devil to get out of the pan, so it always ends up looking like a mess by the time I'm done.
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Fig. a severe scolding. (*Typically: get ~; Catch ~; give someone ~.) Bill is always getting the devil about something. I'm late. If I don't get home soon, I'll catch the devil!
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While defending himself in court, Abdallah blamed the devil for making him commit the crime, saying he was a good person.
The free range facility will house retired devils that are no longer required for breeding as part of the Tasmanian devil insurance population.
Two regions of the genome in all three of the devil populations contain SNPs that fit the profile.
By the start of this year, the mysterious malady--devil facial tumor disease (DFTD)--had wiped out 90 percent of the Tasmanian devil population (see Widespread Disease, right).
The policy will also allow MET to control the utilisation of the plant to ensure sustainable harvesting methods are used, collect information to facilitate trade in devil claws products and to promote value addition in Namibia as the biggest devil's claw exporter in Africa.
The location for Devil's Ark was also selected due to its high elevation and natural landscape, which are similar to the Tasmanian devil's natural habitat.
Whilst the Tasmanian Conservation Trust welcomed the use of Maria Island for this purpose, devil expert Androo
People still believed in the devil's power to act in the physical world, but the reformed interpretation of the devil saw his real power as his "influence on the conscience" (287).
"We had a great visit and the entire experience was very moving," said Devil Rays Vice President of Hispanic Community Outreach and Military Affairs Jose Tavarez, who accompanied the players and coaches.
Devils often fight among themselves, especially during mating season.
Instead, Jesus begins his ministry alone, in the wilderness, being tempted by the devil. While this is no place for a king, it is to this barren place that the Spirit leads Jesus.
Anyone who survives the Devil's Triangle with no penalty strokes receives a certificate proclaiming the feat.
A considerable body of scholarship on the devil in the Middle Ages has been published in recent decades.
Point 15, he says, also solemnly declares that one should not carry out exorcisms if one is not certain of the devil's presence.