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 Devil-may-care (A).Devil on the Neck (A). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Devil must be Striking (The) (German).
Said when it thunders. The old Norse Donar means Thor, equal to Jupiter, the god of thunder, and donner is the German for thunder or Devil, as may be seen in the expression, “The runaway goose is gone to the Devil” (donner).   1

 Devil-may-care (A).Devil on the Neck (A). 


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