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
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Doctor Faustus was first published in 1604 and the story of a man selling his soul to the Devil has echoed ever since.
London, Feb 5 ( ANI ): Kate Upton showed very less flesh in her second Super Bowl ad for Mercedes-Benz, in which she played a red carpet glamour girl tempting an ordinary man into selling his soul to the Devil.
html) The Independent , a musician tried selling his soul in 2008 on eBay for [pounds sterling]25,000.
Playing Lola calls for a woman alluring enough to seduce a man into selling his soul to the devil.
Her latest comic's title character is a leather-clad, skull-faced biker who received super powers only after selling his soul to the devil.
The original Bedazzled starred Peter Cook as a suave sixties Satan who talks a lovestruck man (Dudley Moore) into selling his soul for seven opportunities to win the heart of a beautiful woman (Eleanor Bron).
an Internet auction site, banned a California man from selling his soul to the highest bidder because there was no proof the item for sale actually existed," reported Deutsche Presse-Agentur.
George turned out to be a political prostitute of the lowest rank, a tarnished street walker with an uncanny talent for selling his soul to the highest bidder in the grand old tradition of smoke-filled rooms and clubhouse deals.
Joel Wachs is selling his soul to enhance his political career.
Jabez Stone, a New Hampshire farmer, receives a decade of material wealth in return for selling his soul to the Devil--Mr.
She has to tempt hapless Brendan Fraser into selling his soul in a variety of disguises, not least as Eve.
Mr Blair accused William Hague of selling his soul to extremists.