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 the 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!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

go to the ˈdevil!

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

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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

go to the devil

1. To be unsuccessful; fail.
2. To become depraved.
3. Used in the imperative to express anger or impatience.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

go to the devil/hell

Go away and don’t come back. These two imperatives date from the Middle Ages, when most of the Western world believed that unrepentant sinners were, after death, condemned to eternal punishment in a place called hell presided over by an evil spirit called the devil. Go to the devil appears in several parts of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and go to hell in numerous later writings. Also see go to hell in a handbasket.
See also: devil, go, hell, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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