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[hel-rey-zer] /ˈhɛlˌreɪ zər/
noun, Informal.
a person who behaves in a rowdy, riotous manner, especially habitually.
Origin of hell-raiser
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • McCain was a heartthrob when he came back from Vietnam, with his hell-raiser smile and hair turned fetchingly white.

    The Heat Quotient Tina Brown October 28, 2008
Word Origin and History for hell-raiser

1914 (to raise hell is from 1896), from hell + agent noun from raise (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hell-raiser



  1. A person likely to cause trouble and disturbance, esp by an active and defiant spirit: This town needs a few hell-raisers to liven it up
  2. A person who leads a life of low pleasures; profligate; libertine; heller: He was barred from the Muskie train after lending his press pass to a drunken hell-raiser (1914+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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