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devil

see DEVILLING.
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With the appearance of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea nearly twenty years later, Marcus Rediker--like Lemisch before him--pursued the hidden history of the Anglo-American seafarer in the early modern period.
Hence the term stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea.
An eco-minded fish lover who commits this little cheat sheet to memory won't be left stranded between the devil and the deep blue sea.