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He hath need of a long spoon that eateth with the devil. Shakespeare alludes to this proverb in the Comedy of Errors, iv. 3; and again in the Tempest, ii. 2, where Stephano says: “Mercy! mercy! this is a devil … I will leave him, I have no long spoon.”

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“Therefor behoveth him a ful long spoon

That schal ete with a feend.”


Chaucer: The Squieres Tale, 10,916.

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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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