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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Holy Water.
Water blessed by a priest or bishop for holy uses.   1
   As the devil loves holy water; i.e. not at all. This proverb arose from the employment of holy water in exorcisms in the Holy Church.   2
“I love him as the devil loves holy water.”

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