deil

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deil (plural deils)

  1. devil
    • 1827, Sir Walter Scott, "The Highland Widow" ch. 2, in The Chronicles of the Canongate:
      Those in the Lowland line who lay near him, and desired to enjoy their lives and property in quiet, were contented to pay him a small composition, in name of protection money, and comforted themselves with the old proverb that it was better to "fleech the deil than fight him."