What does 'Better the devil you know' mean?
- This is the shortened form of the full idiom, 'better the devil you know than the devil you don't', and means that it is often better to deal with someone or something you are familiar with and know, even if they are not ideal, than take a risk with an unknown person or thing.
- Category: Religion
Idioms similar to 'Better the devil you know'
Buy our lists of British English, American English and Animal idioms in PDF format. They're perfect to use offline for reference or for use in class!