a devil of

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of a devil of

informal
:very difficult or causing a lot of trouble
  • The new regulations have created a devil of a problem for many small businesses.
  • He had a devil of a time getting another job.

Word by Word Definitions

devil play
  1. : the personal supreme spirit of evil often represented in Jewish and Christian belief as the tempter of humankind, the leader of all apostate angels, and the ruler of hell

  2. : an evil spirit : demon

  3. : an extremely wicked person : fiend

  1. : to season highly

  2. : tease, annoy


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