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  1. give the devil his due
  2.  
  3. To give credit to a disagreeable or malevolent person.
  4. See also: devil, due, give
  5. American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition.
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  8. ORLEANS
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  10.     He needs not; it is no hidden virtue in him.
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  12. Constable
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  14.     By my faith, sir, but it is; never any body saw it
  15.     but his lackey: 'tis a hooded valour; and when it
  16.     appears, it will bate.
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  18. ORLEANS
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  20.     Ill will never said well.
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  22. Constable
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  24.     I will cap that proverb with 'There is flattery in friendship.'
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  26. ORLEANS
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  28.     And I will take up that with 'Give the devil his due.'
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  30. Перевод Евгении Бируковой
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  32. Герцог Орлеанский
  33. Ему в этом нет нужды; храбрость - не из скрытых его добродетелей.
  34. Коннетабль
  35. Клянусь  честью,  это  не  так; никто не видел его храбрости, кроме его
  36. лакея.  Его храбрость, как сокол, в колпачке: стоит снять с нее колпачок - и
  37. она мигом улетучивается.
  38. Герцог Орлеанский
  39. "От недруга не жди доброго слова".
  40. Коннетабль
  41. Эту пословицу я покрою другой: "Дружба льстива".
  42. Герцог Орлеанский
  43. А я прихлопну вашу третьей: "Отдай должное и черту".
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  45. У С.А. Венгерова то же:
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  47. Герцогъ Орлеанскій. А эту я отпарирую: "Отдай должное и чорту"!
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  49. П.А. Каншин:
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  51. Герцогъ Орлеанскій. Я скажу вамъ еще третье:-- "Воздавай должное даже дьяволу".
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  53. Віктор Ружицький:
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  55. Герцог Орл.
  56. На це я відповім, що: «І чорт має чесноти».
  57. (И у чёрта есть добродетель)
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  59. BNC: NONE
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  61. COCA:
  62. Esquire: after Idol airs-that talent and democracy are somehow compatible. But give this devil his due: His hostmanship is masterful.
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  64. News: Within the past five years, two massive -- and, to give the devil his due, rather beautiful -- bridges have been completed linking the island of Shikoku
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  66. SciFi:  Give the devil his due - Wellington Meeks had staged one of the most remarkable manifestations I've
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  68. Google Books search:
  69. The Horn of Evenwood by Robin Artisson 2007
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  71. The miller becomes wealthier than ever, but cannot enjoy his wealth, knowing it was purchased with the life of his son. He knows that he'll have to give the “devil his due” one day, but tries (as a father must) to tell his son never to go near the
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  73. The Miscellaneous Works of Tobias Smollett, M.D. 1800
  74. Yak-strot was seized with horror at the prospect of such extremities; for, to give the devil his due, his disposition was neither arbitrary nor cruel; but he had been hurried by evil counsellors into a train of false politics
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  76. Discovering the Rommel Murder: The Life and Death of the Desert Fox by Charles F. Marshall 2017
  77. "To give the devil his due, he was a brave soldier in the First World and was awarded the Iron Cross First Class. which, as you know, is a high military

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