speak of the devil

speak of the devil
verb
mention someone's name who just then appears
Hypernyms: ↑mention, ↑advert, ↑bring up, ↑cite, ↑name, ↑refer
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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talk/speak/of the devil spoken phrase
used when someone you have just been talking about arrives unexpectedly
Thesaurus: arrivals and entrancessynonym
Main entry: devil

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speak (or talk) of the devil
said when a person appears just after being mentioned
Origin:
from the superstition that the devil will appear if his name is spoken

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speak of the devil — see devil
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Main Entry:speak

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speak/talk of the ˈdevil idiom
(informal) people say speak/talk of the devil when sb they have been talking about appears unexpectedly

Well, speak of the devil— here's Alice now!

Main entry:devilidiom

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