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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References in classic literature ?
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
The artistic temperament is a fearsome thing, Bunny, in a woman with the devil's own will
Where it was once the devil's own job to find salt cod in Yorkshire, it's now readily available thanks to the shops catering for our vibrant West Indian community.
The Devil's Own won their first major trophy as they beat Leinster 20-10 at Murrayfield.
That 14-7 defeat meant Gregor Townsend's men missed out on a home semi-final and they must now take on the Devil's Own on Irish soil once again as the playoffs get under way.
The payoff comes in the second act, after Jason/Tyrone has totally gone over to the dark side, as evidenced in the riotous physical transformation of the church basement into the Devil's own lair.
Having said all of that, I must point out to parents or grandparents who have not yet taken children to the Thinktank that it does have one serious problem, which is that, at the end of the afternoon, you have the devil's own game persuading them that it's time to go home.
His enemy was the Devil's own son, Blackheart, but writer-director Mark Steven Johnson only followed that up with Kristen Bell's tepid romcom, When In Rome.