Which would be a suitable alternative for the common idiom "The devil is in the details", without the use of the word "devil"?

No detail is too small.


It's in the details.

Alternative answers are welcome too!

  • Are you looking for a similar idiomatic expression are just for its meaning? – user66974 Sep 21 '15 at 11:50
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    The devil is in the details doesn't mean No detail is too small. It means [Getting] the details [right] is/will be difficult. – FumbleFingers Sep 21 '15 at 11:59
  • @josh just the meaning, expressed in another form without the word 'devil' – Samuel Liew Sep 21 '15 at 12:23
  • How about Fingers' paraphrase: "Getting the details right is difficult"? – Maverick Sep 21 '15 at 14:35

Devil is in the details:

The details of a matter are its most problematic aspect.

  • The idiom the devil is in the details means that mistakes are usually made in the small details of a project. Usually it is a caution to pay attention to avoid failure.

  • An older, and slightly more common, phrase God is in the detail means that attention paid to small things has big rewards, or that details are important.

  • The devil version of the idiom is a variation on the God phrase, though the exact origin of both is uncertain.

(The Grammarist)


Getting into the nitty-gritty

would convey what you mean.

God is in the details

is a common alternative.

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