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  • v. Present participle of devil.
  • n. The pupillage of a prospective advocate or barrister


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  • The incident justifies the inference that the services of junior counsel to senior barristers -- services at the present time termed 'devilling' -- were formerly remunerated with cash payments.

    A Book About Lawyers

  • By "devilling" the faculty, college men cemented their loyalty to one another and sorted out who among them was suited to leadership.

    Student Life and Learning

  • He had, during the last four years, done a good deal of "devilling"; he had attended at the Old

    Mike Fletcher A Novel

  • There is the moral charge just mentioned; there is the not yet mentioned charge of plagiarism and "devilling"; and there is the again already mentioned complaint that he is a mere

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2 To the Close of the 19th Century

  • Our class seemed determined to surpass all of its predecessors in annoyances to the Faculty, the derangement and often destruction of college property and the "devilling" of Fresh.

    Sea-Gift. A Novel.

  • Next morning they were astir at an early hour; and, after giving the remains of the gobbler a hurried "devilling," they ate them, and rode off on the back trail.

    The Boy Hunters

  • I cannot believe he didn't have somebody or bodies devilling for him in this public international law field.

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?

  • Meanwhile, for many of the rest of us, so used to devilling the advertising world as peddlers of greed and consumerism, it may be time to applaud and commend the bright spots around that we see.

    Avertising and Social Change

  • You after dare-devilling down the slope: Kids, don't try this at home.

    Luminara: Fire Dancing, Fire Belly Dancing, Blue Angels and my Bling Wheelchair

  • He was devilling for Sanders Curry; and it was dreary work, hanging about the Courts all day, waiting.

    The Years


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