hell

*hell & *the devil
1. Inf. a severe scolding. (*Typically: get \hell; catch \hell; give someone \hell. Use caution with

hell

.) •

The boss just gave me hell about it.

I'm really going to give Tom hell when he gets home.

2. Inf. trouble; pain. (*Typically: give someone \hell. Use caution with

hell

.) •

My arthritis is giving me hell in this weather.

This problem is giving us hell at the office.

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See: COME HELL OR HIGH WATER, GO THROUGH HELL AND HIGH WATER, HELL-ON-WHEELS, LIKE HELL, TO HELL WITH, UNTIL HELL FREEZES OVER, WHEN HELL FREEZES OVER.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • hell — hell …   Kölsch Dialekt Lexikon

  • hell — hell …   The Old English to English

  • hell — hell …   English to the Old English

  • hell — like, adj. /hel/, n. 1. the place or state of punishment of the wicked after death; the abode of evil and condemned spirits; Gehenna or Tartarus. 2. any place or state of torment or misery: They made their father s life a hell on earth. 3.… …   Universalium

  • Hell — • Hell (infernus) in theological usage is a place of punishment after death Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. hell     Hell     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Hell — steht für leuchtstark, siehe Helligkeit farbstark, siehe Farbhelligkeit pastellfarben Hell steht für: Orte: Hell (Kalifornien) Hell (Michigan) Hell (Norwegen) Hell (Gelderland) Filme: Hell (2011), deutscher Spielfilm von Tim Fehlbaum Hell –… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • hell — (hĕl) n. 1. Christianity a) often Hell The place of eternal punishment for the wicked after death, often imagined as being presided over by Satan and his devils. b) A state of separation from God; exclusion from God s presence. 2. The abode of… …   Word Histories

  • hell — hell; hell·ben·der; hell·flö·te; hell·gram·mite; hell·ward; in·hell; rake·hell·ish; hell·ish; rake·hell; hell·gra·mite; hell·ish·ly; hell·ish·ness; …   English syllables

  • hell of a — Great, terrific, very, as in at a hell of a speed, a hell of a row • • • Main Entry: ↑Hell * * * hell of a informal + somewhat impolite 1 used to make a statement more forceful It was one hell of a good fight. [=it was a very good fight] He is… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hell — Hell, n. [AS. hell; akin to D. hel, OHG. hella, G. h[ o]lle, Icel. hal, Sw. helfvete, Dan. helvede, Goth. halja, and to AS. helan to conceal. ???. Cf. {Hele}, v. t., {Conceal}, {Cell}, {Helmet}, {Hole}, {Occult}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The place of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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