devil among the tailors



  • A phrase used to describe a furious argument. It is said to haveoriginated from a benefit night given in about 1805 for the actorWilliam Dowton (1764 - 1851). The performance, a burlesque piece by SamuelFoote called The Tailors: a tragedy for Warm Weather, resultedin a fracas outside the Haymarket Theatre among a large crowd of tailors,who considered the play a slight on their trade.