Why do you need a long spoon to sup with the devil?
If you eat with the devil, you need a (very) long spoon so that you can keep your distance. If you mix with bad people, you should be careful not to be influenced by them.
What does it mean to sup with a longer spoon?
Proverbial saying, late 14th century, meaning that one should be cautious when dealing with dangerous persons. From: sups with the Devil should have a long spoon, he who in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable »
Who said he who sups with the devil?
This expression was in use in the 14th century and can be found in “The Squire’s Tale”, one of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (c1386).
What do you sup with the devil?
To associate or deal with a particularly malicious, immoral, or unscrupulous person or people; to commit malicious, immoral, or unscrupulous acts. (“Sup” means to eat or have supper.)
What does it mean to dine with the devil?
To associate or deal with a particularly malicious, immoral, or unscrupulous person or people; to commit malicious, immoral, or unscrupulous acts. Primarily heard in UK.
Whats up or SUP?
Frequency: Sup is defined as slang for the expression, “What’s up?” An example of Sup is what close friends say to each other in the morning at school. Used as an informal greeting.
Is sup short for supper?
To eat an evening meal; have supper. [Middle English soupen, from Old French souper, from soupe, soup; see soup.]
What should I reply when someone asks what’s up?
“What’s up” is another way of asking “How are you” and “what’s going on”. To reply, you can usually start the conversation with something interesting that’s happened since you last spoke, or, if nothing interesting has happened you can simply say “not much, what’s up with you?”.
What do we call sup in English?
See word origin. Frequency: Sup is defined as slang for the expression, “What’s up?” An example of Sup is what close friends say to each other in the morning at school.
How do u know if a guy likes u by texting?
If he texts asking about your family and friends and what you do with your time, he probably is interested in you. He might even ask you follow-up questions about something you stated in a previous text. He is paying close attention to who you truly are and remembering details about you.
Where does the saying’he who sups with the Devil should have a long spoon’come from?
The first form of the proverb that I know of is found in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Squire’s Tale, 1390: Therfore bihoueth hire a ful long spoon That shal ete with a feend. [Therefore, whoever would eat with a fiend must have a very long spoon.] The expression was recorded later in Erasmus’ collection of proverbs – Adages, 1545:
What does it mean to sup with the Devil?
sup (verb) = eat supper (“supper” is an evening meal) | the devil (noun) = (in Jewish and Christian belief) the chief evil spirit; Satan | spoon (noun) = an implement consisting of a small, shallow bowl on a long handle, used for eating | The phrase “to sup with a long spoon” (or similar) is often used alone, with no reference to the devil.
Why does the Prime Minister have a long spoon?
Primarily heard in UK. The prime minister has been bending over backwards to curry the favour of the despotic leader, presumably to try and negotiate a trade deal that will give Britain access to their huge oil reserves. But as the old saying goes, he who sups with the devil should have a long spoon.