One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
If someone or something generally considered bad or undeserving has any redeeming features these should be acknowledged.
- ‘Though he'd become wealthy and famous, not much of the journey was ever easy for Rouncival, and it was time to give the devil his due.’
- ‘Interesting, well in this business sometimes you have to give the devil his due, I suppose.’
- ‘Actually, to give the devil his due, Jack got her.’
- ‘To give the devil his due, the Pentagon's web site is absolutely crammed with official propaganda, which does make it easier to track the evolution of official lies.’
- ‘Given that I think Kerry is utterly appalling on such questions, I figure I'll give the devil his due.’
- ‘He could have done that better if he had been more willing to give the devil his due.’
- ‘And More says, I would give the devil his due because when they come after me, I want them to give me my due.’
- ‘There are times when one must give the devil his due.’
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