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go-devil

[goh-dev-uh l]
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noun
  1. a flexible, jointed apparatus forced through a pipeline to free it from obstructions.
  2. a dart dropped into a well, especially an oil well, to explode a charge of dynamite or nitroglycerin previously placed in a desired position.
  3. Railroads. a handcar.
  4. a sled used to drag or carry logs, stone, etc.
  5. Also called sled cultivator. a cultivator that rides on wooden runners and is used on listed furrows.
  6. Western U.S. any exceptionally fast or effective machine or appliance: That food processor is a real go-devil.
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Origin of go-devil

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for go-devil

Historical Examples

  • Just find a good place where you can see her when she shoots, and I'll drop the go-devil.

    Ralph Gurney's Oil Speculation

    James Otis

  • Generally get some visiting lady, when there's one round, to drop the Go-devil.

  • Maybe you're broke and know you'll have to work like a go-devil when you get here!

    Alaska

    Ella Higginson

  • The "go-devil," shown in Fig. 14, is another common device for collecting prunings.

  • At night the Monarch was released from the “go-devil” and secured only by his chains to a large tree.

    True Bear Stories

    Joaquin Miller