the devil you know


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the devil you know

A shortening of the proverb "better the devil you know than the devil you don't," meaning that, when forced to decide, it's better to choose a difficult or undesirable option that one is used to or familiar with rather than an unknown person or thing. A: "Why don't you just quit your job if you're so miserable?" B: "Well, I'm used to it at this point, and I worry that I'd feel the same way anywhere else. It's just the devil you know, I guess."
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the devil you know

something or someone bad that you are familiar with and have accommodated yourself to or can cope with.
The expression is a shortened version of the proverb ‘Better the devil you know than the one you don't’.
See also: devil, know
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"In this scenario, in terms of squad building, it is better the devil you know than better the devil you don't."
No one can know what the future holds, be it Brexit or the EU, so maybe the devil you know? The Government often struggles to make decisions, but in my opinion, Cameron as Prime Minister, paid to govern, should have done so.
No one can know what the future holds, be it Brexit or the EU, so maybe better the devil you know? The Government often struggles to make decisions, but in my opinion, in this case, Cameron as Prime Minister, paid to govern, should have done so.
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