1 (Christianity) sometimes cap
a the place or state of eternal punishment of the wicked after death, with Satan as its ruler
b forces of evil regarded as residing there
2 sometimes cap (in various religions and cultures) the abode of the spirits of the dead
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3 pain, extreme difficulty, etc.
4 Informal a cause of such difficulty or suffering
war is hell
5 (U.S. and Canadian) high spirits or mischievousness
there's hell in that boy
6 a box used by a tailor for discarded material
7 Now rare a gambling house, booth, etc.
as hell (intensifier)
tired as hell
for the hell of it
Informal for the fun of it
Informal denoting a person or thing that is particularly bad or alarming
neighbour from hell, hangover from hell
give someone hell
a to give someone a severe reprimand or punishment
b to be a source of annoyance or torment to someone
hell of a or helluva
a hell of a good performance
hell for leather at great speed
(come) hell or high water
Informal whatever difficulties may arise
hell to pay
Informal serious consequences, as of a foolish action
a adv (intensifier)
he works like hell
b an expression of strong disagreement with a previous statement, request, order, etc.
play (merry) hell with
Informal to throw into confusion and disorder; disrupt
a to create a noisy disturbance, as in fun
b to react strongly and unfavourably
a (intensifier) used in such phrases as what the hell, who the hell, etc.
b an expression of strong disagreement or disfavour
the hell I will See →
20 Informal an exclamation of anger, annoyance, surprise, etc. (Also in exclamations such as hell's bells, hell's teeth, etc.) (Old English hell; related to helan to cover, Old Norse hel, Gothic halja hell, Old High German hella)
n a member of a motorcycle gang of a kind originating in the U.S. in the 1950s, who typically dress in denim and Nazi-style paraphernalia and are noted for their initiation rites, lawless behaviour, etc.