sup with the devil

sup with the devil

To associate or deal with a particularly malicious, immoral, or unscrupulous person or people; to commit malicious, immoral, or unscrupulous acts. ("Sup" means to eat or have supper.) Primarily heard in UK. Once considered one of the most straight-laced politicians in England, it's come to light that the former Health Secretary has been supping with the devil for years, giving pharmaceutical companies special privileges in exchange for sizable kickbacks. She has been accused of supping with the devil after the activist was spotted having dinner with the CEO of one of the conglomerations her charity opposes.
See also: devil, sup

sup (or dine) with the devil

have dealings with a cunning or malevolent person.
The proverb he who sups with the devil should have a long spoon is used especially to urge someone dealing with a person of this type to take care.
See also: devil, sup
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Judge Robert Warnock, sentencing, told Knight: "Those who sup with the devil must use a very long spoon.
To pursue his ideals he's willing to sup with the devil.
They forgot the old adage: "If you sup with the devil, you must use a long spoon".
The feeling is, if he had anything about him, he would have walked long ago, but he continues to sup with the devil as he waits for a lucrative pay-off.
It is man's soul, ever curious, ever in turmoil, which keeps trying to lead him astray, while it is his body, ever frail, ever conscious of its limitations, which insists on bringing along the long spoon when it's time to sup with the devil.
They get so blinded by the urge to please their foreign sponsors that even if it means supping with the devil without a long spoon, they will still sup with the devil.
They say if you sup with the Devil, you need a long spoon.
When they agreed to form the Coalition, they decided to sup with the devil - without taking a long spoon.
His first encounter immediately dispelled his father's words of caution - "when you sup with the devil make sure you do it with a long spoon" - as Lord Huntingdon, at the time trainer to the Queen, not only was warm and welcoming to this newcomer to the sport, but acquired for him one of Her Majesty's cast-offs for just 9,000gns.
Amongst those measures was a pragmatic willingness to sup with the devil, Stalin, in order to defeat Nazism.
The Lib Dems should remember that when you sup with the devil, you need a long spoon.
WHEN you sup with the Devil, the old saying goes, use a long spoon.
If you sup with the devil you must use a long spoon.
Let us hope the Prime Minister has not forgotten that when you sup with the devil you need a very long spoon.
As the saying goes when you sup with the devil best use a long spoon.