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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The Via Dolorosa ends at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and is marked by nine stations of the cross.
“You were going to work your way into my marriage and you were going to call its new three-way shape holy” the narrator recounts.
Because holy hell was that bland, unfunny, uncomfortable, and just plain confusing.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More|Kevin Fallon|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And he was indicted in Israel last week on charges he plotted to blow up sites holy to Islam.
Israelis often are amused and appalled by the crazies attracted to the Holy Land, and not only for religious reasons.
Terror drives you on; fate coerces you; you can't help yourself, and my delight is to make the plunge terrible.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
After his death crowds flocked to his grave to touch his holy monument, till the authorities caused the church yard to be shut.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
His holy book says: There is more joy over one sinner that repenteth than over ninety and nine just men.
Their sin began on Holy Thursday, with so little secrecy and so bad an example, that the affair was beginning to leak out.
All these things shall be for good to the holy, so to the sinners and the ungodly they shall be turned into evil.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various