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Old Nick   /oʊld nɪk/   Listen
Old Nick

(Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell.  Synonyms: Beelzebub, Devil, Lucifer, Prince of Darkness, Satan, the Tempter.

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"Old Nick" Quotes from Famous Books

... good, and still so young all the while that you would have said that either Dusius, the Teuton fiend, or Nock, the Scandinavian sea-imp, from whom the learned assure us we derive our modern Daimones, "The Deuce," and Old Nick, had possessed my father, if he had not learned to ...
— The Caxtons, Complete • Edward Bulwer-Lytton

... HUMANITE which, he said, were the least of the many virtues which distinguished Monsieur Troubridge. Monsieur Troubridge's BIENFAISANCE was at this time thinking of mining the fort. "If we can accomplish that," said he, "I am a strong advocate to send them, hostages and all, to Old Nick, and surprise him with a group of nobility and republicans. Meantime," he added, "it was some satisfaction to perceive that the shells fell well, and broke some of their shins." Finally, to complete ...
— The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson • Robert Southey

... Now the very Old Nick is to pay at the World's Fair, and an exasperating stringency in the money market. The great "uncultured West" is flocking to Chicago to see the show, and is seeing more than it bargained for. Its modest cheek has been set aflame by the exuberant display of the nude ...
— Volume 1 of Brann The Iconoclast • William Cowper Brann

... but one bill of the other dry goods house, and did not like their traveling man; but now he would have bought of Old Nick rather than buy of Luce. He went over to Keeler's and again introduced himself (the task was getting as disagreeable as it was monotonous), saying he wanted to buy some goods. The gentleman made an excuse ...
— A Man of Samples • Wm. H. Maher

... back Old Nick himself if he came with a good tale. We've got to act; we've got to settle his hash before ...
— The Return • Walter de la Mare

... "Old Nick got the better of me twice, though," said Bacchus. "I did think, master, of tryin to make Phillis b'lieve I hadn't drank nothin dis winter; but she'd sure to find me out. There's somefin in her goes ...
— Aunt Phillis's Cabin - Or, Southern Life As It Is • Mary H. Eastman

... a resolution to get some revenge of him for it. And he having built a new house, caused it, by a curious Workman, to be neatly painted on the outside: which these four Students seeing, they took a good quantity of Tar, and did so damnably bedawb it, that it looked as if old Nick had been there with his rubbing brush. Which the Mayor seeing in the morning, seemed to be little troubled at it; but said, certainly some body hath done this, that I have taken too little mony of, ...
— The Ten Pleasures of Marriage and The Confession of the New-married Couple (1682) • A. Marsh

Words linked to "Old Nick" :   Mohammedanism, Muhammadanism, Islam, Islamism, Muslimism, faith, supernatural being, religious belief, spiritual being, religion

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