- (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
Words nearby hell
Other definitions for hell (2 of 2)
usage note for he'll
How to use hell in a sentence
It won’t solve the problem, but it will sure as hell lower the temperature.
Given the state of misinformation globally, he has a hell of a repair job ahead.
In the second movie, which came out in 1991, Bill and Ted end up on a “bogus journey” that takes them, for whatever reason, to the afterlife — both hell and heaven.
Venus is also very similar to Earth in size and composition, yet somehow it has turned into a hell planet.These Images Expose the Dark Side of the Solar System - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Corey S. Powell|August 26, 2020|Nautilus
Doing good and doing well cannot be mutually exclusive for us to have a chance in hell at creating the world that we want to live in.Uncharted Power’s Jessica O. Matthews has a plan to revive America’s crumbling infrastructure|Brooke Henderson|August 23, 2020|Fortune
Hell, he says Koenig never referred to it as Serial or even as a podcast.The Deal With Serial’s Jay? He’s Pissed Off, Mucks Up Our Timeline|Emily Shire|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The revelation that, at age 42, Ben Affleck has one hell of an ass.Year of the Butt: How the Booty Changed the World in 2014|Kevin Fallon|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How the hell does somebody show up at a David Duke organized event in 2002 and claim ignorance?No. 3 Republican Admits Talking to White Supremacist Conference|Tim Mak|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hell, one of the Dixie Chicks even offered to Uber her balls over to the company.Sony: Hollywood’s Most Subversive Studio Under Attack|Marlow Stern|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And, the Chilbosan would make a hell of a comedy movie; “Fawlty Towers” meets the “Great Dictator.”Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel|Michael Daly|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They used to declare that every unbaptised baby would go to Hell and burn for ever in fire and brimstone.
The city hell hounds sprang to meet them and the slaughter of inoffensive Europeans began in Darya Gunj.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
A gentleman does not call his opponents vipers and consign them to hell, but Jahveh is not under any such obligations.Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
Hell below was in an uproar to meet thee at thy coming, it stirred up the giants for thee.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
To escape from these horrible theories, the Christians (some of them) have thrown over the doctrines of Hell and the Devil.
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