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Speak of the devil

DEFINITION

Casual and friendly response to seeing someone who one has not spoken to or seen in a while. People don’t speak about the devil often, so the reference is used, not because the long-lost person is evil, but to emphasize that much time has passed since thinking about or seeing that person. (Compare to Look what the dog dragged in.)

“Speak of the devil, my wife and I were thinking of you the other day.”

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