Meaning of HELL in English


n. 25B6; noun

they feared hell : THE NETHERWORLD, the Inferno, the infernal regions, the abyss; eternal damnation, perdition; hellfire, fire and brimstone; Hades, Acheron, Gehenna, Tophet, Sheol; poetic/literary the pit.

he made her life hell : A MISERY, torture, agony, a torment, a nightmare, an ordeal; anguish, wretchedness, woe.


heaven, paradise.

25A0; give someone hell (informal)

when I found out I gave him hell : REPRIMAND SEVERELY, rebuke, admonish, chastise, chide, upbraid, reprove, scold, berate, remonstrate with, reprehend, take to task, lambaste; read someone the Riot Act, give someone a piece of one's mind, haul over the coals; informal tell off, dress down, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, rap over the knuckles, let someone have it, bawl out, come down hard on, lay into, blast; Brit. informal tick off, have a go at, carpet, give someone a rollicking, give someone a mouthful, tear someone off a strip, give someone what for; N. Amer. informal chew out; formal castigate.

she gave me hell when I was her junior : HARASS, hound, plague, harry, bother, trouble, bully, intimidate, pick on, victimize, terrorize; informal hassle, give someone a hard time.

25A0; hell for leather VERY FAST, very quickly, rapidly, speedily, swiftly, hurriedly, at full tilt, at full pelt, headlong, hotfoot, post-haste, helter-skelter, at the speed of light, at breakneck speed; informal like a bat out of hell, like the wind, like greased lightning, like a bomb; Brit. informal like the clappers, at a rate of knots; N. Amer. informal lickety-split.

25A0; raise hell (informal)

they were hollering and raising hell : CAUSE A DISTURBANCE, cause a commotion, be noisy, run riot, run wild, go on the rampage, be out of control; informal raise the roof.

he raised hell with the planners : REMONSTRATE, expostulate, be angry, be furious; argue; informal kick up a fuss, kick up a stink.

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