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 ?
Sir, he it was who, men said, sold his soul to the Evil One; I had thought that that time and the evil of it had all passed away.
They say he sold his soul to the devil, and that he walks at times.
That morning he felt like a man who had sold his soul.
Speaking to ANI, Owaisi added Rizvi had sold his soul to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
SC stated, 'In Christopher Marlowe's play 'Doctor Faustus' Doctor Faustus had sold his soul to Lucifer (the Devil) for a temporary worldly gain which had ultimately led to his perpetual damnation and it appears that in the present case respondent No.
DEVIL Sold His Soul are an ambient influenced progressive metal/post-hardcore band from the South of England signed to Small Town Records and they play Reds in Newcastle tonight Three of the band joined from Mahumodo, thought to be a pioneer of the British hardcore scene.
According to one magazine they would sound like Devil Sold His Soul.
PROG metal six piece Devil Sold His Soul are hitting the road for a headline UK tour in support of their latest album Blessed and Cursed.
LONDON hardcore outfit Devil Sold His Soul have had a hell of a job breaking out of the underground scene but signing to a new label should see them reaching a worldwide audience.
Fans of American geek comedy will have been tickled by the recent pilot episode of this import which follows the life of a 21 year old whose parents sold his soul to the Devil.
Bohemian Rhapsody" for example, is described as the tale of a man who has accidentally committed murder and sold his soul to Satan.
Spain was a conservative, Catholic, peasant country too, yet whereas Franco had his heroic mausoleums and the other claptraps of mid-century fascism, Salazar, dictator from 1932 to 1968, seems to have preferred a small-scale, sentimental, washed-out Classicism in his buildings, creating an effect in his public works rather as if Oliver Hill had sold his soul to Oswald Mosley.
The group's new play, Missing Believed Damned, is based on the legend of Dr Faust, who sold his soul in return for knowledge and wealth.
Gray Davis for having sold his soul to the unions and states that the unions have a ``stranglehold on state government.
Only the British Government could extend a helping hand to such an individual who has sold his soul.