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Re: Better the Devil you know

Posted by ESC on January 14, 2009 at 16:38

In Reply to: Better the Devil you know posted by Lor on January 14, 2009 at 16:22:

: 'Better the Devil you know'. I know the meaning, but need the origin. Would it have been said in 1725 London or earlier?

This reference says 1539 and probably earlier. See archives:
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