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Old Harry

Older Use. the devil; Satan.
Origin of Old Harry
First recorded in 1730-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She give him his grub and her services, and he give her the Old Harry and her wages.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • No, I'll take that back; the Old Harry is supposed to have two horns.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • "You couldn't be wicked if you was apprenticed to the Old Harry for ten years, Zoeth," he said.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He stepped out, and Old Harry closed and locked the door behind him.

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Then there was the Old Harry to pay and no pitch hot, as the sailors say!

    Swept Out to Sea

    W. Bertram Foster
  • T'S hard work to tell which is Old Harry when everybody's got boots on.

    Quips and Quiddities William Davenport Adams
  • "Old Harry's our champion elocutioner at school, you know," Wally said.

    A Little Bush Maid Mary Grant Bruce
  • "He's a wild fellow,—nothing very bad about him, only he's just full of the Old Harry," said Rufe.

    The Young Surveyor; J. T. Trowbridge
  • Old Harry walked over to a nearby bin, pulled it open, and looked inside.

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for Old Harry

Old Harry

(informal) a jocular name for Satan
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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