go to the devil

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go to the devil

1. To be in an extremely and increasingly bad or ruinous condition; to be on the inevitable path to utter failure or ruin. Our project went to devil after our funding was cut. With the way he's running things, the company is going to the devil.
2. To fall into moral degradation. It seems like our country is going to the devil! No one has any basic decency anymore.
3. An exclamation of anger, annoyance, or exasperation. If you can't be bothered to run our business like a professional, then you can go to the devil, for all I care!
See also: devil

go to the ˈdevil!

(old-fashioned, spoken) used, in an unfriendly way, to tell somebody to go away

Go to the devil!


go to the devil

1. To be unsuccessful; fail.
2. To become depraved.
3. Used in the imperative to express anger or impatience.
See also: devil
References in classic literature ?
I incline to Cain's heresy," he used to say quaintly: "I let my brother go to the devil in his own way.
He had an uneasy recollection of having savagely told one or two innocent, nice enough fellows to go to the devil.
Had I been a single man I could have addressed the fellow in a Christian manner and told him to go to the devil.
If I was a woman priest I'd tell them to go to the devil.
A saying goes that "parsley seeds must go to the devil and back nine times before sprouting"
His philosophy is he is too good to go to the devil and too young to go to heaven.