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Devil’s Tattoo (The)

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Tapping on the table with one’s finger a wearisome number of times; tapping on the floor with one’s foot in a similar manner; repeating any sound with wearisome pertinacity, giving those who hear the “blue devils” or the “fidgets.”

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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’s Dyke (The)
Devil’s Four-Poster (The)
Devil’s Frying-pan (The)
Devil’s Livery (The)
Devil’s Luck (The)
Devil’s Mass (The)
Devil’s Nostrils (The)
Devil’s Own
Devil’s Paternoster (To say the)
Devil’s Snuff-box (The)
Devil’s Tattoo (The)
Devil’s Throat (The)
Devils (in Dante’s Divine Comedy):
Devonshire
Devonshire Poet
Dew-beaters
Dew-bit (A)
Dew-drink
Dexterity
Dgellabæan
Dhuldul