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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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Words nearby holy terror
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In an excerpt from the new edition of his superb account of the artist Holy Terror, Bob Colacello considers his legacy and fame.Why We Can’t Stop Talking About Andy Warhol|Bob Colacello|March 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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