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The meaning and origin of the expression: He will give the Devil his due

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He will give the Devil his due

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Meaning

Literally, pay the devil what you owe him. Used figuratively to mean 'give back what you owe', either money or favours.

Origin

From Shakespeare's Henry IV Part 1, 1597:

Constable: I will cap that proverb with 'There is flattery in friendship.'
Orleans: And I will take up that with 'Give the devil his due.'

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