better the devil you know than the devil you don't

Definition of better the devil you know than the devil you don't

  1. —used to say that it is better to deal with a difficult person or situation one knows than with a new person or situation that could be worse

Word by Word Definitions

betterplay
  1. : comparative ofgood

    :  greater than half

    :  improved in health or mental attitude

  1. :  to make better (see 1better): such as

    :  to make more tolerable or acceptable

    :  to make more complete or perfect

  1. : comparative ofwell

    :  in a more excellent manner

    :  to greater advantage :  preferably

  1. :  something better (see 1better)

    :  a superior especially in merit or rank

    :  advantage, victory

  1. :  had better (see 3better 1b)

devilplay
  1. :  an evil spirit :  demon

    :  an extremely wicked person :  fiend

    :  a great evil

  1. :  to season highly

    :  tease, annoy

  1. :  the one or ones being addressed — compare thee, thou, ye, your, yours

    :  one

knowplay
  1. :  to perceive directly :  have direct cognition of

    :  to have understanding of

    :  to recognize the nature of :  discern

  1. :  knowledge

don'tplay
  1. :  do not

    :  does not

  1. :  a command or entreaty not to do something


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