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Talk of the Devil, and he is bound to appear

This page is about the saying "Talk of the Devil, and he is bound to appear"

Possible meaning:
1. Speaking about the Devil may invite him to come. 2. We often say "Talk of the devil!" (or "Speak of the devil!") when somebody that we have just been speaking about suddenly appears.

devil (noun): (in Jewish and Christian belief, usually "the Devil") the chief evil spirit or Satan; an evil spirit; a demon
bound to (adj.): certain to
appear (verb): become visible; arrive

Quick Quiz

You might say "Talk of the devil!" when your boss suddenly arrives

a. in your local pub

b. while you are discussing him

c. while you are discussing religion

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Contributor: Josef Essberger