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the devil finds work for idle hands

proverb When one is unoccupied or has nothing to do, one is more likely to cause or get into trouble. The devil finds work for idle hands, so is it any surprise they started causing mischief after being left to their own devices for so long? We try to keep our kids busy with various jobs and activities during their summer break. The devil finds work for idle hands, after all.
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"The devil finds work for idle hands to do," said Mr.
Many follow the 'Devil finds work for idle hands' school of thought, asking for pens and paper (Ralph Fiennes), typewriters (Tom Hanks) or, inexplicably, a bag of plaster with which to make the heads of friends (Virginia Ironside).
The devil finds work for idle hands. With its huge immigrant population, Molenbeek also has a huge unemployment problem and therefore a lot of idle hands, which gained it notoriety way before it became linked with jihadists.
Not a private matter THE devil finds work for idle hands - so while home on the Isle of Lewis on holiday, I contacted the political parties to ask just where their Highlands and Islands candidates stood on the issue of CalMac privatisation.
The devil finds work for idle hands and leaving the celebs hanging about allows their emotions and insecurities to run riot.
While convicted rioters are facing stiff penalties in the courts, the saying that the devil finds work for idle hands remains as true as ever.
"Whilst it is undoubtedly true, as always was the case, that the 'devil finds work for idle hands to do', being unemployed does not necessarily mean being idle.
"I'll help you with the first few numbers." They say the devil finds work for idle hands. Curiosity kills the cat.
It's an old saying that the Devil finds work for idle hands. And one side-affect of truancy is that children not only fail to learn skills that will help them lead fulfilling lives, they can slip into crime too.
He said: "The devil finds work for idle hands. Many kids get up to mischief when what is needed is an alternative outlet for their energies."