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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A COUPLE of years ago, Chesterfield sold their soul for a few quid by agreeing to call their new ground the b2net Stadium.
At the deadline, they surrendered their heart for an arm and sold their soul for a rent-a-player.
Have you noticed the Wall street analysts who are squirming in their seats as it becomes obvious they sold their soul and recommended stocks to you and I that they knew were dogs?
As scabs dug coal,they sold their souls and all those pits soon fell.
And the Greens now threaten to overtake this shameful bunch led by Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander, who sold their souls for a ministerial motor.
It will be the year when politicians sold their souls for a sniff of power, the year when the UK gave up on the idea of free education for all, when student protesters were treated like animals, when "cut" became the word du jour, when millionaire ministers tried to convince us that "we are all in it together", and when dozens more servicemen and women died on the battlefields of Afghanistan.
Physicians as a group have sold their souls in order to cope.