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 Needs must when the Devil Drives.Needful (The). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Needfire.
 
Fire obtained by friction. It has been supposed to defeat sorcery, and cure diseases assigned to witchcraft. (Danish, gnide, to rub.)   1
 


 Needs must when the Devil Drives.Needful (The). 

 
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