needs must when the Devil drives


needs must when the Devil drives
needs must when the Devil drives proverb sometimes you have to do something you would rather not.
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  • needs must when the devil drives — Needs must is used elliptically for ‘one needs must (i.e. must of necessity) go’. c 1450 J. LYDGATE Assembly of Gods (EETS) 1. 21 Hit ys oft seyde by hem that yet lyues He must nedys go that the deuell dryues. 1602 SHAKESPEARE All’s Well that… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • needs must (when the devil drives) —    The expression needs must (when the devil drives) means that you are sometimes forced by circumstances to do something that you do not want to do.     I d rather stay with you than attend the conference, but needs must ...! …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • needs must (when the Devil drives) — needs ˈmust (when the Devil drives) idiom (saying) in certain situations it is necessary for you to do sth that you do not like or enjoy Main entry: ↑needsidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • needs — originally an adverb meaning ‘of necessity, necessarily’, survives in the somewhat literary phrase needs must: • He can kill a pig. Probably with his bare hands, if needs must Observer Food monthly, 2004. The phrase alludes to the old proverb… …   Modern English usage

  • devil — see the devil can quote Scripture for his own ends the devil finds work for idle hands to do why should the devil have all the best tunes? the devil is in the details the devil is not so black as he is painted the devil lo …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • needs — /nidz/ (say needz) phrase 1. needs must, (an expression indicating necessity): *bards, like birds, tho scant of words, needs must sing as nature taught em. –c.j. dennis, 1938. 2. needs must (when the Devil drives), Colloquial (an exclamation… …   Australian English dictionary

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  • needs — see needs must when the devil drives …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • must needs — adverb Hyperbolic extension to needs, meaning must necessarily One must needs run when the devil drives …   Wiktionary

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