Definition of go to the devil in US English:

go to the devil


  • 1Said in angry rejection or condemnation of someone.

    • ‘Then the luggage steward said: "Oh, go to the devil!"’
    • ‘"Go to the devil," said McCormack.’
  • 2Fall into moral depravity.

    ‘he must go to the devil in his own way’
    • ‘On the theory that purgatory is, if nothing else, better than hell, I suppose I should be grateful the United States hasn't gone to the devil just quite yet.’
    • ‘‘He must fight or go to the devil,’ demonstrators shouted as they marched out of Cairo's mosque.’
    • ‘What if a wretched old woman does choose to go to the devil, when I thought she was going to Heaven!’
    • ‘Everybody knows that people who do business the way you do, finish up going to the devil.’
    • ‘Handel, who by this time had cooled considerably towards Greene, is said to have remarked that Greene had ‘gone to the devil’.’
    • ‘Go hack in the sugar cane fields, brew up those rotten geraniums, even go to the devil with your dad, but latch on to life if you don't want to die a dumb grifter with your mouth wide open catching flies.’
    • ‘Do not read books which tell you that the world is soon coming to an end, and do not read the writing of muckrakers and pessimistic philosophers who tell you that it is going to the devil.’
    • ‘While most of the articles are now positive and informative, there are still those that report that so and so of blah blah blah church held a meeting that people are going to the devil.’
    • ‘‘I incline to Cain's heresy,’ he used to say quaintly: ‘I let my brother go to the devil in his own way.’’