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Old Harry

Older Use. the devil; Satan.
Origin of Old Harry
1730-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The teachers are high-headed, the parents always dissatisfied, and the children act like the Old Harry.

    Sweet Cicely Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
  • "You couldn't be wicked if you was apprenticed to the Old Harry for ten years, Zoeth," he said.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Stevey said he generally caught cold when he went and always caught the Old Harry when he got back.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • He stepped out, and Old Harry closed and locked the door behind him.

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
  • It's hard to tell which is Old Harry when everybody's got boots on.

  • Then there was the Old Harry to pay and no pitch hot, as the sailors say!

    Swept Out to Sea W. Bertram Foster
  • And far as I can make out, just having her on the place seems to put the Old Harry into every one of you!

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • "He's a wild fellow,—nothing very bad about him, only he's just full of the Old Harry," said Rufe.

    The Young Surveyor; J. T. Trowbridge
  • "Old Harry's our champion elocutioner at school, you know," Wally said.

    A Little Bush Maid Mary Grant Bruce
British Dictionary definitions for Old Harry

Old Harry

(informal) a jocular name for Satan
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