hell

hell
hell1 W3S1 [hel] n
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1¦(when you die)¦
2¦(suffering)¦
3¦(unpleasant situation)¦
4 what/how/why/where etc the hell?
5 a/one hell of a something
6 go to hell!
7 feel/look like hell
8 beat/surprise/scare the hell out of somebody
9 (just) for the hell of it
10 what the hell!
11 to hell with somebody/something
12 run/hurt/fight etc like hell
13 like hell/the hell
14 the something/somebody from hell
15 guilty/shy/mad/angry etc as hell
16 sure as hell
17 give somebody hell
18 get the hell out (of somewhere)
19 there'll be hell to pay
20 go to hell and back
21 all hell broke loose
22 come hell or high water
23 go to hell in a handbasket
24 hell's bells
25 play (merry) hell with something
26 raise hell
27 run/go hell for leather
28 hell on wheels
29 when hell freezes over
30 catch hell
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[: Old English;]
1.) ¦(WHEN YOU DIE)¦ also Hell[U]
the place where the souls of bad people are believed to be punished after death, especially in the Christian and Muslim religions
2.) ¦(SUFFERING)¦ [singular, U]
a place or situation in which people suffer very much, either physically or emotionally
War is hell.
My mother made my life hell .
These past few days have been a living hell .
She must have gone through hell every day, the way we teased her about her weight.
pure/absolute/sheer etc hell
They described the war zone as sheer hell.
He says his time in jail was hell on earth .
3.) ¦(UNPLEASANT SITUATION)¦ [singular, U] informal
a situation, experience, or place that is very unpleasant
The traffic was hell this morning.
pure/absolute/sheer etc hell
'How was your exam?' 'Sheer hell!'
4.) what/how/why/where etc the hell?
spoken not polite used to show that you are very surprised or angry
What the hell are you doing, wasting my time?
How the hell are we going to do that?
5.) a/one hell of a sth
spoken not polite used to emphasize the idea that something is very big, very good, very bad etc
I've come one hell of a long way to get here.
Envy like yours is a hell of a good motive for murder.
6.) go to hell!
spoken not polite used when you are very angry with someone
If John doesn't like it, he can go to hell!
7.) feel/look like hell
spoken not polite to feel or look very ill or tired
I've been feeling like hell all week.
8.) beat/surprise/scare the hell out of sb
informal not polite to beat, surprise etc someone very much
We have only one aim: to beat the hell out of the opposition.
9.) (just) for the hell of it
spoken not polite for no serious reason, or only for fun
They shot people just for the hell of it.
10.) what the hell!
spoken not polite used to say that you will do something and not worry about any problems it causes
Elaine poured herself a large glass of whisky - what the hell, it was Christmas.
11.) to hell with sb/sth
spoken not polite used to say that you do not care about someone or something any more
I want to live for the present, and to hell with the consequences.
12.) run/hurt/fight etc like hell
informal not polite to run, fight etc very quickly or very much
My new shoes hurt like hell.
13.) like hell/the hell
spoken not polite used to say that you do not agree with what someone has said
'You keep out of this, Ma.' 'Like hell I will.'
14.) the sth/sb from hell
informal not polite something or someone that is the worst you can imagine
She was the flatmate from hell.
It was the holiday from hell.
15.) guilty/shy/mad/angry etc as hell
spoken not polite very guilty,shy etc
If I had your problems, I'd be mad as hell.
16.) sure as hell
spoken not polite used to emphasize that something is true
I don't scare easily, but I was sure as hell scared.
17.) give sb hell
informal not polite to treat someone in an unpleasant or angry way
She didn't like him, and gave him hell at the slightest opportunity.
18.) get the hell out (of somewhere)
informal not polite to leave a place quickly and suddenly
Let's get the hell out of here!
19.) there'll be hell to pay
spoken not polite used to say that people will be very angry
If they find us there'll be hell to pay.
20.) go to hell and back
to go through a very difficult situation
I'd go to hell and back for that boy.
21.) all hell broke loose
informal not polite used to say that people suddenly become very noisy or angry
Journalists woke him with the news and all hell broke loose.
22.) come hell or high water
informal not polite in spite of any problems or difficulties
I decided I would get the job done by Friday, come hell or high water.
23.) go to hell in a handbasket
AmE informal not polite if a system or organization has gone to hell in a handbasket, it has stopped working well and is now working very badly
The education system in this country has gone to hell in a handbasket.
24.) hell's bells
spoken old-fashioned also hell's teeth
BrE used to express great annoyance or surprise
25.) play (merry) hell with sth
BrE informal to make something stop working or happening as it should
The cold weather played hell with the weekend sports schedule.
26.) raise hell
informal not polite to protest strongly and angrily about a situation
27.) run/go hell for leather
informal not polite to run as fast as possible
28.) hell on wheels
AmE informal not polite someone who does exactly what they want and does not care what happens as a result.
29.) when hell freezes over
informal not polite used to say that something will never happen
30.)catch hell
AmE spoken not polite to be blamed or punished
You'll catch hell when your Mom comes home!
not a hope in hell (of doing sth) athope2 (3)
hell 2
hell2 interjection not polite
1.) used to express anger or annoyance
Oh hell! I've left my purse at home.
2.) used to emphasize a statement
Well, hell, I don't know!

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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