devil finds work for idle hands

Devil finds work for idle hands
When people say that the devil finds work for idle hands, they mean that if people don't have anything to do with their time, they are more likely to get involved in trouble and criminality.

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • devil finds work for idle hands —    When people say that the devil finds work for idle hands, they mean that if people don t have anything to do with their time, they are more likely to get involved in trouble and criminality.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Devil finds work for idle hands —   When people say that the devil finds work for idle hands, they mean that if people don t have anything to do with their time, they are more likely to get involved in trouble and criminality …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • the devil finds work for idle hands to do — ► the devil finds work for idle hands to do proverb if someone doesn t have enough work to occupy them, they are liable to cause or get into trouble. Main Entry: ↑devil …   English terms dictionary

  • (the) devil finds work for idle hands. — something that you say which means people who have no work or activity are more likely to do things they should not do, such as commit crimes. There s plenty more tidying to do if you ve finished the bedroom. The devil finds work for idle hands …   New idioms dictionary

  • (the) devil finds work for idle hands — the devil makes/finds/work for idle hands phrase used for saying that people who are bored or do not have enough work will start doing things that they should not do Thesaurus: morally bad or wrong behavioursynonym Main entry: devil …   Useful english dictionary

  • the devil finds work for idle hands to do — Idleness and mischief are linked in ST. JEROME Letters CXXV. xi. fac et aliquid operis, ut semper te diabolus inveniat occupatum, do something, so that the devil may always find you busy; cf. c 1386 CHAUCER Tale of Melibee 1. 1594 Therfore seith… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • the devil finds work for idle hands to do — proverb someone who doesn t have enough work to do is liable to cause or get into trouble …   Useful english dictionary

  • (the) devil makes work for idle hands — the devil makes/finds/work for idle hands phrase used for saying that people who are bored or do not have enough work will start doing things that they should not do Thesaurus: morally bad or wrong behavioursynonym Main entry: devil * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • devil — ► NOUN 1) (the Devil) (in Christian and Jewish belief) the supreme spirit of evil. 2) an evil spirit; a demon. 3) a very wicked or cruel person. 4) a mischievously clever or self willed person. 5) informal a person with specified characteristics …   English terms dictionary

  • 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

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