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every man for himself

Each person must work independently toward their own success, as in competitive situations. The phrase is not only used to apply to men. Once we realized that there was only one scoop of ice cream left, it was every man for himself. Increasingly, it seems like it's every man for himself during election season.
See also: every, himself, man

every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost

Each person must work independently toward their own success, as in competitive situations. The phrase is not only used to apply to men. Once we realized that there was only one scoop of ice cream left, It was every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost.

the devil take the hindmost

Each person must work independently toward their own success, as in competitive situations. The phrase is sometimes preceded by "Every man for himself." Increasingly, it seems like it's the devil take the hindmost during election season.
See also: devil, hindmost, take

Every man for himself (and the devil take the hindmost),

 and Devil take the hindmost
Prov. Everyone has to fight for his or her own survival. (You can use this to describe an extremely competitive situation.) At first we tried to help each other study for the exam, but soon it was every man for himself, and the devil take the hindmost. The inventors tried to collaborate, agreeing to share the profits from their invention, but they grew so suspicious of each other that each began to work separately, and devil take the hindmost. When the ship began to sink, it was every man for himself.
See also: every, himself, man

devil take the hindmost, the

Let everyone put his or her own interest first, leaving the unfortunate to their fate. For example, I don't care if she makes it or not-the devil take the hindmost. This expression, first recorded in 1608, probably originated as an allusion to a children's game in which the last (coming "hindmost") is the loser, and came to mean utter selfishness.
See also: devil, take

every man for himself

Each individual puts his or her own interests foremost. For example, In this company no one helps anyone-it's every man for himself. In Chaucer's day this dictum was stated approvingly, meaning "if you don't look out for yourself, no one else will," but today such selfishness is usually censured. Despite the wording, the term applies to either sex.
See also: every, himself, man

the devil take the hindmost

OLD-FASHIONED
If you say the devil take the hindmost, you mean that you should do what is best for you, without considering anyone else. Just get your laughs any way you can and the devil take the hindmost. Note: The whole saying every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost is sometimes also used. We do not believe in the theory of every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost. Note: `Hindmost' is an old word meaning furthest back or last.
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every man for himself

everyone must take care of themselves and their own interests and safety.
This expression has been used since medieval times, but from the mid 16th century onwards it has often been expanded to every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost or, less commonly, every man for himself and God for us all .
1997 Daniel Quinn My Ishmael Tribes survive by sticking together at all costs, and when it's every man for himself, the tribe ceases to be a tribe.
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(the) devil take the ˈhindmost

(saying) everyone should look after themselves and not care about others: I like the way people here always queue up. Back home we just push and shove, and the devil take the hindmost!
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the devil take the hindmost

Let each person follow self-interest, leaving others to fare as they may.
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Women and children first, I don't think so, more like devil take the hindmost.
The glitter of the fast buck, the greed, the short-termism, the exploitation of prurient appetites, the ease of fraud, the devil-take-the- hindmost ethos-all are at war with purported conservative ideals.
Scrum Introduction of an offside line fivemetres behind the hindmost feet of the scrum.
If China's intense interest in Africa served as the starting pistol in the new scramble for Africa, then the race is now well and truly engaged on a global level and the devil take the hindmost.
For all his concern with preserving American individualism, for instance, Hoover was certain that we had "long since abandoned the laissez faire of the 18th century--the notion that it is 'every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost.
But our system, with its single-member districts and "first past the post" elections, is winner take all and damn the hindmost, a setup in which winners govern while losers look balefully on, preparing themselves for the next battle.
The receptors, which respond to changes in movement of the fluid that is in the chambers, are connected to nerves that eventually lead to the vestibular centers located in the hindmost part of the brain, just below the cerebellum.
Get back to a boot camp mentality where it's us against the world and devil take the hindmost.
Each for himself is still the rule, We learn it when we go to school-- The devil take the hindmost, o
The other half was told that Christine, the hindmost girl, was the victim.
In fact, no roles applied and it was "'look out for yourself and devil take the hindmost.
The statement, as it stands, implies that ``God bless America, and the Devil take the hindmost.
They can say what they please, without regard for truth, accuracy or even common decency, and let the Devil take the hindmost, defending their actions by saying that they are free to speak the truth (as they see it).
When the USBA was dissolved amidst feuding interests and egos, each company focused on its own brands, and devil take the hindmost.