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The meaning of "little devil"

" Little devil! "
An exclamation of surprise and annoyance, directed at someone who has behaved badly or performed some kind of prank. Often applied to children.
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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