To-day both officers and men were in the gun pits and I with them, while they were deviling with Fritzy.
All this was brought about by the evil power and influence of the deviling.
"He's deviling me all the time," Meldrum complained to the owner of the horse ranch.
The results are supposed to be a complete stopping of "deviling" in all its forms.
As for this deviling, we will do our best to satisfy him, according to our means.
Indian, it seemed, was always thought of whenever there was any deviling to be done.
Then by degrees he built up quite a large general practice of the kind known as deviling.
Hamilton, one of the new senators, has been deviling the life out of me to send his son somewhere.
You've been deviling me for that five hundred dollars till I'm sick of listening to you.
I got back to the Toban and found slander accusing me of sporting in the city, deviling around with liquor and women.
Old English deofol "evil spirit, a devil, the devil, false god, diabolical person," from Late Latin diabolus (also the source of Italian diavolo, French diable, Spanish diablo; German Teufel is Old High German tiufal, from Latin via Gothic diabaulus).
The Late Latin word is from Ecclesiastical Greek diabolos, in Jewish and Christian use, "Devil, Satan" (scriptural loan-translation of Hebrew satan), in general use "accuser, slanderer," from diaballein "to slander, attack," literally "throw across," from dia- "across, through" + ballein "to throw" (see ballistics). Jerome re-introduced Satan in Latin bibles, and English translators have used both in different measures.
In Vulgate, as in Greek, diabolus and dæmon (see demon) were distinct, but they have merged in English and other Germanic languages.
Playful use for "clever rogue" is from c.1600. Meaning "sand spout, dust storm" is from 1835. In U.S. place names, the word often represents a native word such as Algonquian manito, more properly "spirit, god." Phrase a devil way (late 13c.) was originally an emphatic form of away, but taken by late 14c. as an expression of irritation.
Devil's books "playing cards" is from 1729, but the cited quote says they've been called that "time out of mind" (the four of clubs is the devil's bedposts); devil's coach-horse is from 1840, the large rove-beetle, which is defiant when disturbed. "Talk of the Devil, and he's presently at your elbow" [1660s].