go-devil

[ goh-dev-uhl ]
/ ˈgoʊˌdɛv əl /

noun

a flexible, jointed apparatus forced through a pipeline to free it from obstructions.
a dart dropped into a well, especially an oil well, to explode a charge of dynamite or nitroglycerin previously placed in a desired position.
Railroads. a handcar.
a sled used to drag or carry logs, stone, etc.
Also called sled cultivator. a cultivator that rides on wooden runners and is used on listed furrows.
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
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