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  • adv. Used to add emphasis to a question or statement.
  • n. Used other than as an idiom: see the,‎ devil.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. something difficult or awkward to do or deal with


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  • “Alex,” said Cestare, “what the devil are you up to?”

    Over the Edge

  • You show the truth of the saying, The Dongolawi is the devil in the skin of a man.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • In St. Louis, they came back with stories of finding more of that white scat and seeing glimpses of the devil dogs that shat it, evil creatures with malevolent grins, huge heads slung low, big half-circle ears out to the side, massive jaws like pit bulls whelped by Satan.

    Our American King

  • “What the devil are you doing to my shirt, Audrina?” he asked, catching his first glimpse of the ironing board.

    My Sweet Audrina

  • Say what you want, Joyful Patrick Turner, and the devil take you.

    City of Glory

  • But why the devil have a gang of redcoats set up camp at Tempest House?


  • So many things in my life that might have seemed accidental at the timemeeting Harry, doing Dancing with the Stars, hosting for the TV Guide Networkcould easily have gone nowhere if I hadnt grabbed them with both hands, and worked like the devil to turn them into something fabulous.


  • No matter how much they mean well, they cannot fight the shaitan — the devil — that lives within.

    Beneath My Mother’s Feet

  • After helping Mr. Chardlin arrange to go home, I dragged myself out of the courthouse to my car, plugged Shemekia Copeland into the CD player, and let her voice wash over me as she begged the devil to leave her alone.

    Balancing in High Heels

  • “You got to beat the devil out the young-uns these days!”

    Magic City


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