speak/talk of the devil

Definition of speak/talk of the devil

informal
used in speech to say that someone one has been talking about has unexpectedly appeared
  • "Well, speak of the devil! We were just talking about you!"

Word by Word Definitions

speak play
  1. : to utter words or articulate sounds with the ordinary voice : talk

  2. : to express thoughts, opinions, or feelings orally

  3. : to extend a greeting

  1. used to form especially nonce words denoting a particular kind of jargon

talk play
  1. : to express or exchange ideas by means of spoken words

  2. : to convey information or communicate in any way (as with signs or sounds)

  3. : to use speech : speak

  1. : the act or an instance of talking : speech

  2. : a way of speaking : language

  3. : pointless or fruitless discussion : verbiage

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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