Meaning of “better the devil you know (than the devil you don't)” in the English Dictionary

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"better the devil you know (than the devil you don't)" in British English

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better the devil you know (than the devil you don't)

saying

said when you think it is wiser to deal with someone or something familiar, although you do not like him, her, or it, than to deal with someone or something you do not know that might be worse

(Definition of “better the devil you know (than the devil you don't)” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)