Religionthe place or state of punishment where wicked people are believed to go after death; the place where evil and condemned spirits are sent.
any place or state of suffering or misery:This illness has made her life hell.
the place where dead people go.
extreme disorder or confusion; chaos:All hell broke loose.
a severe scolding or punishment:I gave her hell for coming in so late.
This word is used in various phrases in swearing to express anger, dismissal, disgust, etc., or to express how strong one's feelings are about a situation: [the + ~ + with]The hell with it![as + ~]He's guilty as hell.[a + ~ + of]He's a hell of a nice guy![who/what/when/where/why/how + the + ~]Who the hell was that?
This word is used alone in swearing to express irritation, disgust, surprise, etc.:Hell! I've lost my wallet.
Slang Termshell around, [no obj]to live or act in a wild manner:He helled around in Europe, then returned home.
be hell on, [ ~ + obj][Slang.]
to be unpleasant to or painful for:The news of her being fired will be hell on her family.
to be harmful to:These roads are hell on tires.
Idiomscome hell or high water, [no obj] whatever problem, obstacle, or difficulty may come:You know I'll defend you come hell or high water.
Idiomsfor the hell of it,[Informal.]with no purpose other than sheer adventure or fun:went for a long drive just for the hell of it.
Idioms, Informal Termslike hell,[Informal.]
with great speed, effort, intensity, etc.:We ran like hell.
Also, the hell.This term is used to emphasize a speaker's denial or disagreement:He says the motor is reliable? The hell it is.
to indulge in wild celebration.
to create an uproar; object violently:If you fire the principal the whole town will raise hell.
he'll/hil; unstressed il, hɪl, ɪl/USA pronunciation
Pronouns[contraction.]a shortened form of he will:The doctor is in; he'll see you now.
Religionthe place or state of punishment of the wicked after death; the abode of evil and condemned spirits; Gehenna or Tartarus.
any place or state of torment or misery:They made their father's life a hell on earth.
something that causes torment or misery:Having that cut stitched without anesthesia was hell.
the powers of evil.
Mythologythe abode of the dead; Sheol or Hades.
extreme disorder or confusion; chaos:The children let both dogs into the house, and all hell broke loose.
heck1 (def. 2).
a receptacle into which a tailor throws scraps.
PrintingAlso called hellbox. a box into which a printer throws discarded type.
the utterance of "hell'' in swearing or for emphasis.
be hell on,[Slang.]
to be unpleasant to or painful for.
to be harmful to:These country roads are hell on tires.
Idioms, Informal Termsfor the hell of it,[Informal.]
to see what will happen; for adventure, fun, excitement, etc.:For the hell of it, let's just get on the next bus and see where it takes us.
with no particular purpose; for no special reason:I called him up for the hell of it, and he offered me a job.
Slang Terms, Idiomsget or catch hell, to suffer a scolding; receive a harsh reprimand:We'll get hell from our parents for staying out so late again.
Informal Terms, Idiomsgive someone hell, to reprimand or reproach severely.
Informal Terms, Idiomsgo to hell in a handbasket. See handbasket (def. 2).
Slang Terms, Idiomshell on wheels, extremely demanding, fast-paced, aggressive, effective, or the like:The new job is hell on wheels. Our sales staff is hell on wheels when it comes to getting the most out of every account.
Informal Termslike hell:
with great speed, effort, intensity, etc.:We ran like hell to get home before the storm. She tried like hell to get him to change his mind.
(used sarcastically or ironically to express the opposite of what is being stated):He says the motor will never break down? Like hell it won't!
Slang Terms, Idiomsplay hell with, to deal recklessly with; bring injury or harm to:Snowstorms played hell with the flow of city traffic.
Slang Terms, Idiomsraise hell:
to indulge in wild celebration.
to create an uproar; object violently to:She'll raise hell when she sees what your rabbit has done to her garden.
Informal Termsthe hell:
(used as an intensifier to express surprise, anger, impatience, etc.):Why the hell can't the trains run on time?
(used sarcastically or ironically to express the opposite of what is being stated):Are you listening to me? The hell you are!
Informal Terms, Idiomsthe or to hell with, (used to express dismissal, rejection, contempt, disappointment, or the like):If we have to walk five miles to see the view, the hell with it! He wouldn't even speak to me, so to hell with him!
Informal Terms, Idiomswhat the hell, (used to express lack of concern or worry, indifference, abandonment, surrender, etc.):As long as you're borrowing $100, what the hell, borrow $200.
(used to express surprise, irritation, disgust, etc.)
Slang Termshell around, to live or act in a wild or dissolute manner:All they cared about was drinking and helling around.
bef. 900; Middle English, Old English hel(l); cognate with Old High German hell(i)a (German Hölle), Old Norse hel, Gothic halja; akin to Old English helan to cover, hide, and to hull2
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged inferno.
2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged anguish, agony, torture.
1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged heaven, paradise.