speak/talk of the devil

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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!"

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“Speak/talk of the devil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speak%2Ftalk%20of%20the%20devil. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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