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    Dancing with the devil

    Hi,

    Right now I am watching tv series Man vs Wild and the presenter Bear Grylls says at one moment:

    "Eating any raw flesh in this place (Panama jungle) is dancing with the devil."


    Is the bold text a common English idiom?


    Thanks a lot
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    Re: Dancing with the devil

    Yes. It means putting oneself in danger.

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    Re: Dancing with the devil

    I wouldn't have thought it was that common. I wonder if that's yet another AmE thing.

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    Re: Dancing with the devil

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    I wouldn't have thought it was that common. I wonder if that's yet another AmE thing.

    Bear Grylls comes from Northern Ireland.
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    Re: Dancing with the devil

    I've heard "dancing with the devil" but in my part of the UK, at least, it's more common to hear "dicing with death" or "taking your life into your hands".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Dancing with the devil

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnyxxx View Post
    Is the bold text a common English idiom?

    In British English, it exists, but it isn't particularly common.

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    Re: Dancing with the devil

    In Br E, what you usually do with the devil is "dine/sup/eat with a long spoon" (which doesn't mean the same - it means 'If you have to get involved with bad people, be very careful").

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    Re: Dancing with the devil

    I've never heard that in my life!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Dancing with the devil

    In what parts of the UK do you live then?
    Last edited by Boris Tatarenko; 24-Nov-2015 at 14:53.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    Re: Dancing with the devil

    I don't think geography is as important as vintage

    I live to the north of emsr2d2, but not significantly far, and her roots might be more northern than mine (which are in London's western suburbs). But I'm not making it up! (See here and here)

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