the devil’s children have the devil’s luck

1678 J. RAY English Proverbs (ed. 2) 126 The Devils child the Devils luck.

1721 J. KELLY Scottish Proverbs 333 The Dee’ls Bairns have Dee’ls luck. Spoken enviously when ill People prosper.

1798 LD. NELSON Letter 20 July (1845) III. 42 It is an old saying, ‘the Devil’s children have the Devil’s luck.’ I cannot find..where the French Fleet are gone to.

1938 R. A. J. WALLING Corpse with Grimy Glove vii. They must have had her hidden up somewhere..and waited till after sundown to get away. The devil’s own luck—but the devil looks after his children.

1980 G. RICHARDS Red Kill viii. The Devil’s son has the Devil’s luck. We’re going to need that kind of luck.


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