Idiom Question

Was reading a visual novel and read 「噂をすればお隣さんじゃない?」. This comes right as the main character is thinking about his new neighbor and his mom says that. I know “噂をすれば” means something like “If you tell a rumor” or “If you gossip”, but could it also be an equivalent for the idiom “Speak of the Devil”, so “Speak of the Devil, isn’t it you neighbor”? Maybe I’m overthinking this.

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It would seem so, according to Jisho


  1. speak of the devil and he shall appear; speak rumours of someone and they shall appear
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噂をすれば影が射(さ)す。「speak of the devil and he shall appear」

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