go-devil

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From go + devil.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

go-devil ‎(plural go-devils)

  1. (US, colloquial) A gadget or unspecified device, as used in various industries.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, page 952:
      He had three wagonloads of go-devil squibs he wanted to sell, you know, these little oil-well torpedoes, hold about a quart of nitro each? Beautiful.
    1. A weight which is dropped into a bore, as of an oil well, to explode a cartridge previously lowered.
    2. A device, such as a loosely fitted plug, which is driven through a pipe by the pressure of the contents behind the plug to clear away obstructions.
    3. A rough sled or dray used for dragging logs, hauling stone, etc.