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 .
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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 ?
If I would sell my soul for drink, why wasn't I a thief, swindler, housebreaker, area sneak, robber of pence out of the trays of blind men's dogs, rather than your drudge and packhorse?
You come home and I will sell my soul to the devil to look for money so that you can come home and live comfortably here,' the President said in a speech in Malacanang.
I am as vain as vain can be and would totally sell my soul to the devil to be a babe for ever" - - Sex therapist Pamela Stephenson.
One route was to take up offers to do Reality TV - but I wasn't prepared to sell my soul.
Besides, I never would have accepted only $1,000 to sell my soul for writing that piece of shit.
It makes me nervous to think that I'll have to sell my soul to keep a job or even get one.
You come home and I will sell my soul to the devil to look for money so that you can come home and live comfortably here,' Duterte said during the oath-taking of newly-appointed government officials in Malacanang.
Over and over, over and over I'm gonna sell my soul over and over Just to hold you in my arms Over and over, over and over I'm gonna sell my soul to the devil down below Just to feel you tender love and charms For your love is so warm and tender Your love is so soft but strong Your love is the love of an angel I long to hold and love my whole life long For you're the girl and the only one in the world Who can make my life worth living And you're the one I long to hold and love When up to Heaven I'm rising DONALD JOHN TYE, Wallsend.