Idiom- Speak of the devil
Speak of the devil- Idiom of the day
said when a person appears just after being mentioned.
“Speak of the devil” is the shorter version of the English-language idiom “Speak of the devil and he doth appear” or “speak of the devil and he shall appear”. The form “talk of the devil” is used in England. It is used when an object or person who is a topic of discussion unexpectedly becomes present during the conversation. It can also be used about a topic that becomes relevant, such as the onset of rain or a car breaking down. Used in this sense it can be seen as an alternative to the phrase “tempting fate“.
The phrase comes from the 16th century and for a long time it implied the prohibition of mentioning the devil.
- Speak of the devil! We all were just talking about you.
- Did you hear about david?, Oh! Speak of the devil and here he comes!
- The weather seems bad, it might rain today.Oh! Speak of the devil and here it comes!