that would kill devils; deadly ...1831
1. a recklessly daring fellow ...a1593 obs.
2. brandy or rum, or newly-made rum ...1647-50 obs. colloq.
3. a gun ...1699 UK sl.
4. an artificial bait used in angling,
made to spin in the water like a wounded fish ...1833
5. strong alcohol, esp. whisky ...1867 US sl.
6. very strong tobacco ...1953 US sl.
from kill (vb.) + -devil
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
a1593 - see EXAMPLE below
"...Let your Balio and your Belcher come here, and Ile knocke them, they were neuer so knockt since they were diuels, say I should kill one of them, what would folkes say? "Do ye see yonder tall fellow in the round slop,, hee has kild the diuell," so I should be cald kill diuell all the parish ouer..."
From: The Tragicall History of D. Faustus
- Christopher Marlowe