better the devil you know (than the devil you don't) Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

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

"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)
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