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*devil

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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an Belcher come here, I'll belch him: I am not afraid of a devil.
Be I a devil, yet God may pity me; Yea, God will pity me, if I repent.
He approached at the back of one of the most deeply engaged of the Devil's Row children.
The party stood for a moment exchanging vainglorious remarks with Devil's Row.
In another instant the tree was deserted; the figures of the five millionaires of Devil's Ford, crossing the fierce glare of the open space, with boyish alacrity, glistened in the sunlight, and then disappeared in the nearest fringe of thickets.
"Still, for all that," said Don Quixote, "the player devil must not go off boasting, even if the whole human race favours him."
So loud were the shouts of Don Quixote, that those in the cart heard and understood them, and, guessing by the words what the speaker's intention was, Death in an instant jumped out of the cart, and the emperor, the devil carter and the angel after him, nor did the queen or the god Cupid stay behind; and all armed themselves with stones and formed in line, prepared to receive Don Quixote on the points of their pebbles.
I never feared man, and I as little fear the devil and his imps.
IT was a double-winning weekend for the Cardiff Devils in Champions Hockey League action.
Scientists discovered a healthy colony of Tasmanian devils in a breakthrough finding that could save the endangered species from the cancerous disease which has been driving them towards extinction.
The fourth-seeded Red Devils opened tournament play by going up against the Waltonville Spartans.
WARRENS PROFESSION, THE DEVILS DISCIPLE, CAPTAIN BRASSBOUND S CONVERSION, JOHN BULLS OTHER ISLAND, FANNYS FIRST PLAY; ZIEGFELD'S FOLLIES
Fans of the Garden State's pro hockey team have an all-new digital platform featuring every regular season gamecast, along with original content devoted to the New Jersey Devils.
A few Tasmanian devils have started a resistance movement against a contagious cancer that has depleted their numbers.