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 Devil on the Neck (A).Devil Sick would be a Monk (The). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Devil rides on a Fiddlestick (The).
Much ado about nothing. Beaumont and Fletcher, Shakespeare, and others, use the phrase. “Fiddlesticks!” as an exclamation, means rubbish! nonsense! When the prince and his merry companions are at the Boar’s Head, first Bardolph rushes in to warn them that the sheriff’s officers are at hand, and anon enters the hostess to put her guests on their guard. But the prince says, “Here’s a devil of a row to make about a trifle” (or “The devil rides on a fiddlestick”) (1 Henry IV., ii. 2), and hiding some of his companions, he stoutly faces the sheriff’s officers and brow beats them.   1

 Devil on the Neck (A).Devil Sick would be a Monk (The). 


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