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hell/ˈhɛl/noun
hell
/ˈhɛl/
noun
Learner's definition of HELL  
[singular] 
orHell
: the place where the devil lives and where evil people go after they die according to some religions
: a very difficult or unpleasant situation or experience
[noncount]
[singular]
informal + impolite — used to express anger, annoyance, etc.

all hell breaks loose

informal
— used to describe what happens when violent, destructive, and confused activity suddenly begins

as hell

informal + somewhat impolite
— used to make a statement more forceful

catch hell

chiefly US, informal + somewhat impolite
: to be yelled at or criticized in a very angry and severe way

come hell or high water

informal
— 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 it

informal + somewhat impolite
: for the fun of doing something: without having a particular reason

from hell

informal + somewhat impolite
— used to describe someone or something that is very bad or unpleasant

give (someone) hell

informal + somewhat impolite
: to yell at or criticize (someone) in an angry way

go to hell

informal + impolite
— used to show that you are very angry with someone
: to become completely ruined: to fail completely

go to hell in a handbasket

— see handbasket

hell of a

informal + somewhat impolite
— used to make a statement more forceful
: very good
: very bad or difficult

hell on

US, informal + somewhat impolite
— used to describe something that causes a lot of damage or trouble

hell to pay

— see 1pay

in hell

informal + impolite
— used to make a statement more forceful
US 
orin the hell
— used to make a question more forceful

like a bat out of hell

— see 3bat

like hell

informal + impolite
: with a lot of energy and speed
— used to say in an angry and forceful way that you will not do something, do not agree, etc.

play hell with

or Britishplay merry hell with
: to cause many problems for (someone or something): to have a very bad effect on (someone or something)

raise hell

informal + somewhat impolite
: to complain in a loud or angry way
: to behave wildly and make a lot of noise
— see also hell-raiser

the hell

informal + impolite
— used to make a statement or question more forceful
— 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 of

informal + impolite
— used for emphasis after words like scare, frighten, and beat

to hell and back

informal
◊ Someone who goes to hell and back experiences a very difficult or unpleasant situation often for a long time.

to hell with

informal + impoliteorthe hell with
— used to say in a forceful and angry way that you do not care about someone or something.

what the hell

informal + impolite
— used to express anger, surprise, etc.
— used to say that you are not worried about or bothered by something

when hell freezes over

informal + impolite
— used to say that you think that something will never happen
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