Get Up on the Wrong Side of the Bed, to

To get up on the wrong side of the bed is a very old saying, but it wasn’t always used figuratively. It’s been around since at least Roman times. 1Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: & C Black, 2009. Meaning of Idiom ‘Get Up on the Wrong Side of the Bed’ To get up on … Read more

Devil’s Advocate, to play

‘To play devil’s advocate’ is a very old idiomatic expression stemming from a literal court role in the 14th century. Meaning of Idiom ‘To Play Devil’s Advocate’ Someone who plays devil’s advocate (or the devil’s advocate) is arguing against a popular or familiar view or is simply arguing for the sake of arguing. When you … Read more

Better The Devil You Know

Meaning of Idiom ‘Better the Devil You Know’ The expression ‘better the devil you know’ is used to indicate that it may be better to deal with a person or a thing that you are familiar with than to have to deal with a completely new and unknown one. Even though you may not want … Read more