sell (one's) soul (to the devil)

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sell (one's) soul (to the devil)

To abandon one's values or morals in return for some highly desired benefit, typically success, power, wealth, etc. I'm afraid we've sold our soul to the devil by agreeing to this partnership. It will keep us in business, but at what cost to our clients? Don't sell your soul to get to the top, or else you'll find yourself all alone there.
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sell your soul

COMMON If someone sells their soul for something, they do whatever they need to in order to get that thing, doing things that they considered wrong before. As the Co-operative movement approaches its 150th anniversary, has it sold its soul to commercial pressures? Note: Sometimes people use the longer expression to sell your soul to the devil. His devoted fans thought he had sold his soul to the devil producing such commercial music. Note: There are many stories about people who sold their souls to the devil in return for wealth, success, or pleasure. The most famous is about Dr Faustus, whose story was first told in a book published in Germany in 1587, and later told by writers such as the English writer Marlowe and the German poet Goethe.
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sell your soul (to the devil)

do or be willing to do anything, no matter how wrong, in order to achieve your objective.
The reference here is to a contract supposedly made with the devil by certain people: in return for granting them all their desires in this life, the devil would receive their souls for all eternity. The most famous person reputed to have entered into such a contract was the 16th-century German astronomer and necromancer Faust, who became the subject of plays by Goethe and Marlowe and a novel by Thomas Mann .
See also: sell, soul

sell your ˈsoul

(informal, often humorous) do something morally or legally wrong in order to get something that you want very much: He’d sell his soul to get that job.
This expression refers to selling your soul to the devil in exchange for power, money, etc.
See also: sell, soul
References in classic literature ?
To tamper with a fellow like this, who would sell his soul (if he had one) for drink, and whose every word is a lie.
"Not many of us as wouldn't sell his soul for five pounds."
He does not want to sell his soul. There are business people I know who are quietly helping schools build decent, clean and functioning toilets so that the students do not have to suffer.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV mocked the remarks of President Rodrigo Duterte, who claimed he would 'sell his soul to the devil' just to give repatriating overseas Filipino workers (OFW) a comfortable life in the Philippines.
He takes a carload of ladies to Las Vegas, appears on magazine covers, gets chased by teenage girls, and drives at the Indie 500 before opting to actually pay for the Mercedes rather than sell his soul.
IT was quite painful watching Rory McIlroy sell his soul to Nike for PS80million then state how proud he was to be "joining the Nike family".
MUSICIAN dante knoxx (left) attempted to sell his soul on ebay with a pounds 25k starting bid, but was barred by the website on the grounds that they can't sell anything that isn't physical.
Whether he did or didn't sell his soul to the devil in exchange for a cracking singing voice is open to debate.
Introducing readers to the Robert Johnson's personal history (and whether or not he really did sell his soul to the devil in exchange for his unorthodox playing technique), Finding Robert Johnson provides an informed presentation of Delta-Blues Open G Tuning method which has influenced guitarists ever since.
2 Capote A devastating portrayal of gay genius Truman Capote, willing to sell his soul and betray his friends to create his nonfiction masterpiece, In Cold Blood.
Not only did he sell his soul to a TV company who managed to conjure up the most uninspiring Saturday night fodder since You Rang M'Lord, but ultimately it's done naff all for his CV.
He is a victim of the Philly ghetto who would sell his soul to escape his fate.
Little does he know that he is playing with fire when he agrees to sell his soul.
President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday that he would sell his soul 'to the devil' just to give repatriating overseas Filipino workers (OFW) a comfortable life in the Philippines.
It's not as if he has a reputation left to lose - no one witnessing his relentless attempts to sell his soul over the years believes him to be a man of any integrity or honour.