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every man for himself

Each person must work independently toward their own success, as in competitive situations. Despite sounding male-centric, it can be applied to both sexes. 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. Despite sounding male-centric, it can be applied to both sexes. 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. 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.
See also: every, himself, man

(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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That made it sound as if those thinkers would support the old proverb, "Every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost.
In 1639 the Munter family still retained "the hindmost part (achterste gedeelte) of the Bakehouse.
Recognising the predilection, and determined to play the game they know, the Aussies have decided to charge and may the devil take the hindmost," Roebuck said.
The hindmost needed some help from the others, but the vast majority of districts marched forward because they appreciated the payoffs involved for their children and for their property values.
The pragmatism part is in the original sense of whatever works, and let ideology take the hindmost.
Former IRB referee Spreadbury told Tait and Moriarty there will also be a clamp-down on ensuring players enter rucks and mauls from the hindmost foot - with as much focus placed on attackers as defenders.
As in America, the rich take care of their own, letting others take the hindmost, even though doing so contradicts the NPA's purpose - to help poorer areas, including Arab ones, not self-sufficient well-off communities.
66), to which Kenneth Muir in the Arden edition adds that anatomists in Shakespeare's time divided the brain into three ventricles, in the hindmost of which, the cerebellum, they placed the memory, which was the warder of the cerebellum warning the reason against attack.
But when the rear of the Greeks was descending from the hills into the villages, being now overtaken by darkness (for, as the way was narrow, their ascent of the heights, and descent to the villages, had lasted the entire day), some of the Carduchi, collecting together, attacked the hindmost, and killed and wounded some of them with stones and arrows.
Now then, thought I, unconsciously rolling up the sleeves of my frock, here goes for a cool, collected dive at death and destruction, and the devil fetch the hindmost.
Women and children first, I don't think so, more like devil take the hindmost.
take the hindmost," as used to be said on the French, German, and
In an ideal world any government would vow that, next time, it will let the devil take the hindmost.
That right wing would want to restore us to the kind of primitive, unjust, laissez-faire capitalism--the kind of robber-baron capitalism of each man for himself, devil take the hindmost which does not conform to the idea of political liberty in the good life, in the good society.