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What's become of that little boot-black that you used to bedevil?

And I love him for it, although I believe I do like to bedevil him a little.

Which, by the same token, presently lost track of him entirely, and wandered off to find and bedevil some other poor devil.

Paul Kelpy, thou wert an honest cut-throat, to bedevil so good a house: we turn it to account—ha, ha!

Of all the vegetables calculated to bedevil human beings, he decided, growing corn was the worst.

This contract in a very few years arose to bedevil the railroad situation in the North Country.

I've been listening to you trying to bedevil that man out there, but I'm afraid your humor is a little on the slap-stick order.

WORD ORIGIN

1768, "to treat diabolically, abuse," from be- + verbal use of devil (q.v.). Meaning "to mischievously confuse" is from 1755; that of "to drive frantic" is from 1823. Related: Bedeviled (1570s, in a literal sense, "possessed"); bedeviling.

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