/hɛl / (say hel)

1. (also upper case) (in many religions and mythologies) the abode of the spirits of the dead, often, as in Christianity, a place or state of existence where the wicked are punished after death. See Gehenna, Hades. Compare heaven (def. 1).
2. any place or state of torment or misery: *Europe must be hell on earth just now. –john morrison, 1947.
3. the powers of evil.
4. anything that causes torment; any severe or extremely unpleasant experience, either mental or physical: *It's absolute hell to be in the house alone. –martin boyd, 1946.
5. British a gambling house.
6. a receptacle into which a printer's worn-out or broken type or a tailor's shreds are thrown.
7. Colloquial (an exclamation of annoyance, disgust, etc.): *Hell, Caro, you don't want to listen to this. –beverley farmer, 1983.
8. Colloquial (an intensifier): that was hell good; it was hell big.
9. a hell (or heck) of a..., Also, helluva. Colloquial appallingly difficult, unpleasant, etc. ...
10. (all) hell breaks loose, Colloquial much trouble ensues, especially occasioning uproar.
11. a (or one) hell (or heck) of a..., Colloquial notable; remarkable.
12. beat (the) hell (or heck) out of, Colloquial to physically assault (someone) in a violent manner.
13. blast (the) hell (or heck) out of, Colloquial to reprimand severely.
14. come hell or high water, whatever happens.
15. for the hell (or heck) of it, Colloquial for no specific reason; for its own sake.
16. frighten (or scare) the hell (or heck) out of, Colloquial to frighten severely.
17. from hell, Colloquial exceptionally bad, unpleasant, etc.: she was the business partner from hell.
18. get the hell (or heck) away, Colloquial (sometimes followed by from) to distance oneself.
19. get the hell (or heck) out, Colloquial (sometimes followed by of) to leave rapidly.
20. give someone hell, Colloquial to make things unpleasant for someone.
21. go to hell in a handbasket (or handcart), to be heading ultimately towards ruin or destruction. {Phrase Origin: originally a US phrase relying on the alliteration for effect}
22. hell for leather, at top speed; recklessly fast.
23. hell good, Colloquial extremely good.
24. hell's bells, Colloquial (a mild imprecation.)
25. hell's teeth, Colloquial (an exclamation of astonishment, indignation, etc.)
26. hell to pay, Colloquial serious unwanted consequences.
27. like hell (or heck), Colloquial
a. (an intensifier with adverbial force): run like hell.
b. (an intensifier in expressions of ironic negation): like hell I will; like hell it was.
28. merry hell (or heck), Colloquial an upheaval; a severe reaction; severe pain.
29. not a hope in hell, Colloquial not the slightest possibility.
30. oh hell (or heck)!, Colloquial (an exclamation of disgust, disappointment, frustration, etc.)
31. play hell (or heck) with,
a. to cause considerable damage, injury, or harm to.
b. to reprimand severely; scold.
32. raise hell (or heck),
a. to cause a lot of commotion or trouble.
b. to complain or protest vociferously.
33. the hell (or heck) or in the hell (or heck) or in hell (or heck), Colloquial (an intensifier used with interrogatives): how the hell am I going to do that?; who in the hell are you?; what in hell are you doing here?
34. the hell (or heck) out of, Colloquial (to kick, beat, etc.) with great vigour: to hit the hell out of the ball.
35. the hell (or heck) with it, Colloquial (an expression of disgust or rejection.)
36. till hell freezes over, Colloquial forever.
37. what the hell (or heck), Colloquial (an exclamation of contempt, dismissal, or the like.)
{Middle English helle, Old English hel(l)}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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