speak of the devil and he appears

a person comes just when one is talking about him

"Speak of the devil and he appears," I said just as our colleague who we were talking about walked in the door.


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  • speak of the devil and he appears — A person comes just when you are talking about him. A proverb. * /We were just talking about Bill when he came in the door. Speak of the devil and he appears./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • speak of the devil and he appears — A person comes just when you are talking about him. A proverb. * /We were just talking about Bill when he came in the door. Speak of the devil and he appears./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • speak\ of\ the\ devil\ and\ he\ appears — proverb A person comes just when you are talking about him. We were just talking about Bill when he came in the door. Speak of the devil and he appears …   Словарь американских идиом

  • Speak of the Devil — is an idiom or phrase used in both written and spoken English. It is used when an object of discussion (normally a person) unexpectedly becomes present during the conversation. For example, if Alice and Bob start discussing Charlie while he isn t …   Wikipedia

  • speak of the devil — verb mention someone s name who just then appears • Hypernyms: ↑mention, ↑advert, ↑bring up, ↑cite, ↑name, ↑refer • Verb Frames: Somebody s * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • speak of the devil — in. said when someone whose name has just been mentioned appears or is heard from. (A catchphrase.) □ And speak of the devil, here’s Ted now. □ Speak of the devil, that was Mary on the phone …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • speak of the devil! —    If you are talking about someone and they happen to walk in, you can use this idiom as a way of letting them know you were talking about them.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    This is said to refer to a person who appears just when… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • talk of the devil, and he is bound to appear — Also abbreviated to talk of the Devil!, used when a person just spoken of is suddenly seen. 1666 G. TORRIANO Italian Proverbs 134 The English say, Talk of the Devil, and he’s presently at your elbow. 1721 J. KELLY Scottish Proverbs 299 Speak of… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • Christian teaching about the Devil — For the Islamic devil, see Devil (Islam). See Satan for the Jewish view or see Devil for the devil in other religions, the term devil and the concept influenced by Christianity in general. See also Satan in literature and Satan in popular culture …   Wikipedia

  • talk of the devil — Here comes the person we were talking of • • • Main Entry: ↑devil * * * talk/speak/of the devil spoken phrase used when someone you have just been talking about arrives unexpectedly Thesaurus: arrivals and entrances …   Useful english dictionary

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