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hell /ˈhɛl/ noun
hell
/ˈhɛl/
noun
Learner's definition of HELL
[singular] or Hell : 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 or in 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 British play 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 + impolite or the 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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