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The meaning of "little devil"

" Little devil! "
Meaning:
An exclamation of surprise and annoyance, directed at someone who has behaved badly or performed some kind of prank. Often applied to children.
Example:
Do you know what those little devils from next door have done now? They've tied the doorknob to the gatepost and I can't get out.
Where did it originate?:
Britain - 17th century.
Where is it used?:
Mostly Britain, but used occasionally elsewhere too.
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