devil is in the details

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In allusion to God is in the detail.


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(the) devil is in the details

  1. (idiomatic) The specific provisions of, or particular steps for implementing, a general plan, policy, or contract may be complicated, controversial, or unworkable.
    • 1998, Alain L. Sanders, "Israel: Let the People Speak," Time, 16 Dec.,
      The country has developed a strong consensus for peace, but the devil is in the details over what concessions should be made.

Usage notes[edit]

"Detail" as a mass noun is also used instead of "details" - The devil is in the detail.