Devil take the hindmost

Origin of: Devil take the hindmost

Devil take the hindmost

Meaning that anyone who lags behind is doomed or will get no aid. It is first recorded in Beaumont and Fletcher’s 1620 play Philaster, “The devil take the hindmost!.” It was probably a well-known expression before this date, some sources say from as long ago as medieval times, but there are no definite citations and therefore no proof.