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Devil’s Books

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Playing cards. A Presbyterian phrase, used in reproof of the term King’s Books, applied to a pack of cards, from the French livre des quatre rois (the book of the four kings). Also called the Devil’s Bible.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Devil on the Neck (A)
Devil rides on a Fiddlestick (The)
Devil Sick would be a Monk (The)
Devil to Pay and no Pitch Hot (The)
Devil (A)
Devil’s Advocate (The)
Devil’s Apple
Devil’s Arrows (Yorkshire)
Devil’s Bird (The)
Devil’s Bones
Devil’s Books
Devil’s Cabinet (The)
Devil’s Candle
Devil’s Current (The)
Devil’s Daughter’s Portion (The)
Devil’s Den
Devil’s Dust
Devil’s Dyke (The)
Devil’s Four-Poster (The)
Devil’s Frying-pan (The)
Devil’s Livery (The)