like the devil

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: the devil - with great speed or effort or intensity; "drove like crazy"; "worked like hell to get the job done"; "ran like sin for the storm cellar"; "work like thunder"; "fought like the devil"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
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When I'm in Parlyment and riding in my coach, I don't want none of these sea-lawyers in the cabin a-coming home, unlooked for, like the devil at prayers.
Spurred on by a US $10,000 bet with a friend, Hotz forges press credentials, confronts the RCMP and, dressed like the devil, wades into a sea of one million pilgrims, all in an effort to kiss the papal ring.
Clearly, the subject knows the publicity value that documentary like The Devil You Know offers.
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