the devil's own

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the devil's own (something)

1. Very great. (Used primarily before the word "luck.") I can't believe I won the lottery and a radio contest in the same week—I must have the devil's own luck!
2. Very difficult. (Used primarily before the word "job.") I'm having the devil's own job getting this window open—I think its been painted shut.
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the devil's own —

a very difficult or great —. informal
1991 Mavis Nicholson Martha Jane & Me It was the devil's own job to get her to give me some money for savings.
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Then he talked to all the boys very seriously about cruelty, and said how hard-hearted and cowardly it was to hurt the weak and the helpless; but what stuck in my mind was this, he said that cruelty was the devil's own trade-mark, and if we saw any one who took pleasure in cruelty we might know who he belonged to, for the devil was a murderer from the beginning, and a tormentor to the end.
'my first thought was that something had carried away aloft; but even as I went down, and before I struck the deck, I heard the devil's own tattoo of rifles from the boats, and twisting sidewise, I caught a glimpse of the sailor who was standing guard.
The gentleman made a mental memorandum, and registered Miss Silvester in his private books as "the devil's own temper."
"The cap'n's been ridin' the devil's own pace," said Dalton the coachman, whose person stood out in high relief as he smoked his pipe against the stable wall, when John brought up Rattler.
But we shall have the devil's own run for our money!"
But when he had drawn and engaged his youthful antagonist he discovered that, far from disarming him, he would have the devil's own job of it to keep from being killed.
To hear such words from your lips is as though I heard an angel of grace preaching the devil's own creed."
There are the devil's own secrets in some families, Mr Flintwinch!' With that, after clapping Mr Flintwinch on both shoulders several times, as if in a friendly and humorous way he were rallying him on a joke he had made, he threw up his arms, threw back his head, hooked his hands together behind it, and burst into a roar of laughter.
She would take me 'to the dear, warm underworld, where the sun really shines,' and she would 'nurse me back to life and love!' The artistic temperament is a fearsome thing, Bunny, in a woman with the devil's own will!"
But one among them blurted out, "God's Own Country but Devil's Own People".
Without it, they will have the devil's own job to trouble an Ireland side which has won 18 of its last 19.
Shopping is the devil's own work, in my opinion, so I have to build up a head of steam for this, but it must be done.
Despite what a rabble of foodies will tell you, the abomination that is chocolate and avocado cake is the devil's own work.
Nevertheless, having painted themselves into a corner over Ireland, the EU are finding it the devil's own job to get out of it.
Best known for the influence of her store, Mnasidika, and her association with Janis Joplin, Peggy Caserta has the devil's own luck.