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.
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As you gaze out the window from your comfortable fully air-conditioned coach, hear all about the tale of blues musician Robert Johnson selling his soul to the Devil at the legendary crossroads in Mississippi, discuss the history of Jack Daniel's as you taste bourbon on a distillery tour in Tennessee or enjoy off-the-beatentrack attractions that only the locals know about.
Fausts first act after selling his soul to the devil, was to seduce and then abandon Gretchen, a peasant girl using the sweetest words, "darling's sorrow gives me pain."
Doctor Faustus was first published in 1604 and the story of a man selling his soul to the Devil has echoed ever since.
Playing Lola calls for a woman alluring enough to seduce a man into selling his soul to the devil. Gillentine succeeded not only in creating a vamp who prowls across the stage in numbers like "Whatever Lola Wants," but in revealing a more tender side in songs like "Two Lost Souls." Her poignancy and the conviction in her dancing made Gillentine's debut a knock-out.
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. To Grayson, who spent part of her youth as a Backseat Betty, Ghost Rider was an icon in biker circles long before she learned he was a superhero.