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helluva

[ hel-uh-vuh ]
/ ˈhɛl ə və /
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adjective, adverb Informal.
hell of a (used as an intensifier): We had a helluva time getting through the heavy traffic.She's a helluva good player!
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Origin of helluva

First recorded in 1915–20; a phonetic spelling representation of hell of a in continuous rapid speech
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British Dictionary definitions for helluva

helluva
/ (ˈhɛləvə) /

adverb, adjective informal
(intensifier)a helluva difficult job; he's a helluva guy
Southern African (intensifier)it's helluva tough out here
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