sell your soul


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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.
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References in classic literature ?
The youth hesitated for a little, but presently he heard the birds saying from the top of the tree, 'Go where she calls you, but take care to give no blood, or you will sell your soul.
Nowadays you have to sell your soul for it, fly around everywhere and buy everyone flowers" Actor Jeremy Irons on what he claims you have to do now to win an Oscar "I am not going into this to do what Ann Widdecombe did to become a comedy act.
Sylvia's new book can show you how to start a business without having to remortgage your house, rack up debt or sell your soul.
Another place to sell your soul for fame and fortune is the bridge on Rose Lane in Mossley Hill.
Bradshaw said: "That is obviously an option but you reach a point at which you do not want to sell your soul.
You don't have to sell your soul to be a millionaire.
But you don't want to sell your soul to do these things.
Faust relocated into chick lit heaven (make that hell) as Kathleen O'Reilly writes a creative modern day take on the legendary sell your soul theme.
Sell the huge earners who play 10 games a season, sell more shares, sell your soul to the devil if you have to.
THE DARKNESS V SFB: I Believe In A Thing Called Love (White Label) - Sell your soul to get this remix.
You apparently have to sell your soul to the devil and be a major shareholder in hell to become a senator.
Why were you willing to sell your soul as a journalist by leaking advance word of the subjects of your daily column?