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English definition of “(to) give the devil his due”

(to) give the devil his due

said when you admit that someone you do not like or admire does have some good qualities: I don't like the man but - give the devil his due - he works incredibly hard.Showing respect and admiration
(Definition of (to) give the devil his due from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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