- (used as an intensifier to express surprise, anger, impatience, etc., often in the form of a question beginning with a WH-word): Why the hell can't the trains run on time?How the hell am I supposed to finish this by tomorrow?
- (used sarcastically or ironically to express the opposite of what is being stated): Are you listening to me? The hell you are!
Idioms about hell
- to be unpleasant to or painful for: These shoes are hell on my poor feet.
- to be harmful to: These country roads are hell on tires.
- to see what will happen; for adventure, fun, excitement, etc.: For the hell of it, let's just get on the next bus and see where it takes us.
- with no particular purpose; for no special reason: I called him up for the hell of it, and he offered me a job.
- with great speed, effort, intensity, etc.: We ran like hell to get home before the storm. She tried like hell to get him to change his mind.
- (used sarcastically or ironically to express the opposite of what is being stated): He says the motor will never break down? Like hell it won't!
- to indulge in wild celebration.
- to create an uproar; object violently to: She'll raise hell when she sees what your rabbit has done to her garden.
Origin of hell
OTHER WORDS FROM hellhell-like, adjective
Other definitions for hell (2 of 2)
usage note for he'll
How to use hell in a sentence
After that, they agreed that LL would warn Foxx before striking him again.Co-Stars Who Hated Each Other: Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in 'The Notebook' and More|Marlow Stern|July 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is just one voter out of many, naturally, but he/she has enough to say for an army.A Tony Voter on Bryan Cranston’s Overrated LBJ, Neil Patrick Harris’s Underwhelming Hedwig|Michael Musto|June 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No he-said-she-said, no muffled sounds through the dorm ceiling, no “Maybe he has other issues.”Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds|Arthur Chu|May 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Law, 41, has set the “he-vage” bar high, or low, for this summer.
Kanye West finally got Kim Kardashian the Vogue cover he/she/they have been waiting for.
He must be The saltest fish that swims the sea.And, oh!He has a secret woe!
Joseph Towers died; a printer, bookseller, and afterwards a preacher with the title of LL.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
He remarked, very acutely, that Chaucer translates the F. bouton by the word knoppe; see ll.
But the names, even in the F. text, are not exactly the same as in a former passage; see ll.
I take iowell (with a bar through the ll) to be the usual (Northern) contraction for Iowellis, jewels; F. text, joiau, pl.
British Dictionary definitions for hell (1 of 2)
- the place or state of eternal punishment of the wicked after death, with Satan as its ruler
- forces of evil regarded as residing there
- to give someone a severe reprimand or punishment
- to be a source of annoyance or torment to someone
- (adverb) (intensifier)he works like hell
- an expression of strong disagreement with a previous statement, request, order, etc
- to create a noisy disturbance, as in fun
- to react strongly and unfavourably
- (intensifier) used in such phrases as what the hell, who the hell, etc
- an expression of strong disagreement or disfavour
Word Origin for hell
British Dictionary definitions for hell (2 of 2)
Cultural definitions for hell
Other Idioms and Phrases with hell
In addition to the idioms beginning with hell
- hell has no fury like a woman scorned
- hell of a
- hell on wheels
- hell or high water, come
- hell to pay
- (all hell) break loose
- devil (hell) of a
- for the hell of it
- give someone hell
- go to hell
- hot as hell
- like a bat out of hell
- like hell
- mad as a hornet (hell)
- not a hope in hell
- raise Cain (hell)
- road to hell is paved with good intentions
- shot to hell
- snowball's chance in hell
- till hell freezes over
- to hell and gone
- to hell with
- what the hell