speak of the devil

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Etymology[edit]

Variation of “Speak of the devil and he shall appear,” which can be traced back to “Talk of the Devil, and he’s presently at your elbow” attested in 1666.

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speak of the devil

  1. (idiomatic, humorous) An expression sometimes used when a person mentioned in the current conversation happens to arrive on the scene.

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