devil for

devil (someone or something) for (something)

To bother someone or something for something. Janie has been deviling me for candy all day, even though she knows she's not allowed to have any until after dinner.
See also: devil

devil (someone or an animal) for something

Fig. to bother or harass someone or an animal for something. The child kept deviling her mother for an ice-cream cone. The kittens continued to devil the mother cat for their dinner.
See also: devil
References in classic literature ?
Every good Christian must desire there should be a devil for the punishment of such wretches.
he would give his soul to the devil for a shoulder of mutton,
Andrew Sharman, Manager of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program, a joint federal and Tasmanian government initiative, said the aim of the first release of devils onto Maria Island is to observe and monitor the role that devils play in the landscape and the ecology of the area and the impact their introduction has on other native species which have not encountered the devil for many generations.
People say "the Devil made me do it" but no one ever applauds the Devil for his tireless work.