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."
See also: devil, know

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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