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holy terror

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holy terror

noun phrase

A troublesome, energetic, and aggressive person: He's a holy terror around the house (1887+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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  • The retiring toughs have dubbed it “holy terror Park” in memory of what it was, not of what it is.

    The Children of the Poor Jacob A. Riis
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holy terror

An exasperating individual, as in He was only five, but he was a holy terror, running wild through the house and throwing whatever he could lay his hands on. The adjective holy here is an intensifier. [ Late 1800s ]
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