Learner's definition of HELL
orHell : the place where the devil lives and where evil people go after they die according to some religions
2 : a very difficult or unpleasant situation or experience
Getting the loan approved was pure/sheer hell.
He went through hell during his divorce.
She had to go through hell to get where she is today.
3 informal + impolite — used to express anger, annoyance, etc.
Hell, I don't know why he did it!
But, hell, why not?
Oh, hell, I forgot my keys.
“Did you give her any money?” “Hell, no!”
all hell breaks looseinformal
— used to describe what happens when violent, destructive, and confused activity suddenly begins
as hellinformal + somewhat impolite
— used to make a statement more forceful
It was (as) funny as hell. [=it was very funny]
They were mad as hell.
We've been working as hard as hell to finish on schedule.
“Can you finish on schedule?” “We'll sure as hell try.”
catch hellchiefly US, informal + somewhat impolite
: to be yelled at or criticized in a very angry and severe way
come hell or high waterinformal
— used to say that something will definitely happen or be done even though other events or situations might make it difficult
for the hell of itinformal + somewhat impolite
: for the fun of doing something : without having a particular reason
from hellinformal + somewhat impolite
— used to describe someone or something that is very bad or unpleasant
give (someone) hellinformal + somewhat impolite
: to yell at or criticize (someone) in an angry way
go to hellinformal + impolite
1 — used to show that you are very angry with someone 2 : to become completely ruined : to fail completely
go to hell in a handbasket
hell of ainformal + somewhat impolite
1 — used to make a statement more forceful 3 : very bad or difficult
hell onUS, informal + somewhat impolite
— used to describe something that causes a lot of damage or trouble
in hellinformal + impolite
1 — used to make a statement more forceful 2 US
orin the hell — used to make a question more forceful
like hellinformal + impolite
2 : with a lot of energy and speed 4 — used to say in an angry and forceful way that you will not do something, do not agree, etc.
play hell withor Britishplay merry hell with
: to cause many problems for (someone or something) : to have a very bad effect on (someone or something)
raise hellinformal + somewhat impolite
1 : to complain in a loud or angry way 2 : to behave wildly and make a lot of noise
the hellinformal + impolite
1 — used to make a statement or question more forceful
Let's get the hell out of here.
(chiefly US) They moved way the hell up north.
How the hell did you do that?
Who the hell do you think you are?
What the hell is going on?
2 — used to say in an angry and forceful way that you will not do something, do not agree, etc.
— see also what the hell (below)
the hell out ofinformal + impolite
— used for emphasis after words like scare, frighten, and beat
to hell and backinformal
◊ Someone who goes to hell and back experiences a very difficult or unpleasant situation often for a long time.
to hell withinformal + impoliteorthe hell with
— used to say in a forceful and angry way that you do not care about someone or something.
what the hellinformal + impolite
1 — used to express anger, surprise, etc. 2 — used to say that you are not worried about or bothered by something
So I figured, what the hell, let's give it a try.
We lost a little money, but what the hell, it's not a big deal.
when hell freezes overinformal + impolite
— used to say that you think that something will never happen