One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Said when encouraging someone to do something that they are hesitating to do.‘‘Go on, be a devil and stop being so staid!’’
- ‘But all this goodness doesn't mean you can't be a bit naughty, so go ahead, be a devil and order the individual chocolate fondue cake with vanilla ice cream.’
- ‘The nights give way to live DJs playing hip-hop etc and serious party people, so instead be a devil, go to the bar and order a tray of six shots instead!’
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