like the devil

adverb
with great speed or effort or intensity (Freq. 4)
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drove like crazy

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worked like hell to get the job done

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ran like sin for the storm cellar

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work like thunder

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fought like the devil

Syn: ↑like hell, ↑like mad, ↑like crazy, ↑like sin, ↑like thunder
Usage Domain: ↑colloquialism

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like the devil
Very hard or fast
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Main Entry:devil

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with great speed or energy

he drove like the devil

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like the devil
informal

I'm sorry to hear about your injury. It must hurt like the devil.

2 : with a lot of energy and speed

He ran like the devil. [=he ran very fast]

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Main Entry:devil

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like the ˈdevil idiom
(old-fashioned, informal) very hard, fast, etc

We ran like the devil.

Main entry:devilidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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