‘Better the devil you know’

Meaning: When faced with two undesirable options, it’s better to pick the one you’re familiar with

Explanation: Although it’s unclear where this expression originated, sources suggest it’s a proverb of Irish origin that dates back to the 14th century. By the 1800s it was in more common usage, appearing in several publications.

Example:If you get to choose your opponent, go for James because you’ve played against him before. Better the devil you know.