Idiom: the devil is in the details

Definition: the details are very complicated; things look nice on the surface, but the details are bad


The new building looks nice, but the landlord might be trying to trick us. Read the contract carefully. The devil is in the details.

I thought the agreement sounded good. However, later that day, when I read it closer, I realized it wasn’t a good deal. The devil was in the details.


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