the devil looks after his own

Cf. 1606 J. DAY Isle of Gulls D4v You were worse then the devil els, for they say hee helps his Servants.

1721 J. KELLY Scottish Proverbs 310 The Dee’ls ay good to his own... Spoken when they whom we affect not, thrive and prosper in the World; as if they had their Prosperity from the Devil.

1837 F. CHAMIER Arethusa II. i. Weazel was the only midshipman saved besides myself: the devil always takes care of his own.

1940 R. A. J. WALLING Why did Trethewy Die? vii. ‘The devil looks after his own,’ said Pierce. ‘Yes, doesn’t he? But even he’s not so clever, either.’

1985 B. KNOX Wavecrest vii. 140 He saw Andy Grey’s worried face and winked at him. ‘Cheer up. The devil looks after his own.’


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