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hell

[hel] /hɛl/
noun
1.
the place or state of punishment of the wicked after death; the abode of evil and condemned spirits; Gehenna or Tartarus.
2.
any place or state of torment or misery:
They made their father's life a hell on earth.
3.
something that causes torment or misery:
Having that cut stitched without anesthesia was hell.
4.
the powers of evil.
5.
the abode of the dead; Sheol or Hades.
6.
extreme disorder or confusion; chaos:
The children let both dogs into the house, and all hell broke loose.
7.
heck1 (def 2).
8.
a receptacle into which a tailor throws scraps.
9.
Also called hellbox. Printing. a box into which a printer throws discarded type.
10.
the utterance of “hell” in swearing or for emphasis.
11.
the hell, Informal.
  1. (used as an intensifier to express surprise, anger, impatience, etc.):
    Why the hell can't the trains run on time?
  2. (used sarcastically or ironically to express the opposite of what is being stated):
    Are you listening to me? The hell you are!
interjection
12.
(used to express surprise, irritation, disgust, etc.)
Verb phrases
13.
hell around, Slang. to live or act in a wild or dissolute manner:
All they cared about was drinking and helling around.
Idioms
14.
be hell on, Slang.
  1. to be unpleasant to or painful for.
  2. to be harmful to:
    These country roads are hell on tires.
15.
for the hell of it, Informal.
  1. 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.
  2. with no particular purpose; for no special reason:
    I called him up for the hell of it, and he offered me a job.
16.
get / catch hell, Slang. to suffer a scolding; receive a harsh reprimand:
We'll get hell from our parents for staying out so late again.
17.
give someone hell, Informal. to reprimand or reproach severely.
18.
go to hell in a handbasket, Informal. handbasket (def 2).
19.
hell on wheels, Slang. 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.
20.
like hell, Informal.
  1. 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.
  2. (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!
21.
play hell with, Slang. to deal recklessly with; bring injury or harm to:
Snowstorms played hell with the flow of city traffic.
22.
raise hell, Slang.
  1. to indulge in wild celebration.
  2. to create an uproar; object violently to:
    She'll raise hell when she sees what your rabbit has done to her garden.
23.
the / to hell with, Informal. (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!
24.
what the hell, Informal. (used to express lack of concern or worry, indifference, abandonment, surrender, etc.):
As long as you're borrowing $100, what the hell, borrow $200.
Origin
900
before 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
Related forms
hell-like, adjective
Synonyms
1. inferno. 2. anguish, agony, torture.
Antonyms
1, 2. heaven, paradise.
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British Dictionary definitions for hell around

hell

/hɛl/
noun
1.
(Christianity) (sometimes capital)
  1. the place or state of eternal punishment of the wicked after death, with Satan as its ruler
  2. forces of evil regarded as residing there
2.
(sometimes capital) (in various religions and cultures) the abode of the spirits of the dead See also Hel, Hades, Sheol
3.
pain, extreme difficulty, etc
4.
(informal) a cause of such difficulty or suffering: war is hell
5.
(US & Canadian) high spirits or mischievousness: there's hell in that boy
6.
a box used by a tailor for discarded material
7.
(rare) a gambling house, booth, etc
8.
as hell, (intensifier): tired as hell
9.
(informal) for the hell of it, for the fun of it
10.
(informal) from hell, denoting a person or thing that is particularly bad or alarming: neighbour from hell, hangover from hell
11.
(informal) give someone hell
  1. to give someone a severe reprimand or punishment
  2. to be a source of annoyance or torment to someone
12.
(informal) hell of a, helluva, (intensifier): a hell of a good performance
13.
hell for leather, at great speed
14.
(informal) hell or high water, come hell or high water, whatever difficulties may arise
15.
(informal) hell to pay, serious consequences, as of a foolish action
16.
(informal) like hell
  1. (adverb) (intensifier): he works like hell
  2. an expression of strong disagreement with a previous statement, request, order, etc
17.
(informal) play hell with, play merry hell with, to throw into confusion and disorder; disrupt
18.
raise hell
  1. to create a noisy disturbance, as in fun
  2. to react strongly and unfavourably
19.
(informal) the hell
  1. (intensifier) used in such phrases as what the hell, who the hell, etc
  2. an expression of strong disagreement or disfavour
the hell I will
interjection
20.
(informal) an exclamation of anger, annoyance, surprise, etc (Also in exclamations such as hell's bells, hell's teeth, etc)
Word Origin
Old English hell; related to helan to cover, Old Norse hel, Gothic halja hell, Old High German hella
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Word Origin and History for hell around

hell

n.

Old English hel, helle, "nether world, abode of the dead, infernal regions," from Proto-Germanic *haljo "the underworld" (cf. Old Frisian helle, Dutch hel, Old Norse hel, German Hölle, Gothic halja "hell") "the underworld," literally "concealed place" (cf. Old Norse hellir "cave, cavern"), from PIE *kel- "to cover, conceal, save" (see cell).

The English word may be in part from Old Norse Hel (from Proto-Germanic *halija "one who covers up or hides something"), in Norse mythology the name of Loki's daughter, who rules over the evil dead in Niflheim, the lowest of all worlds (nifl "mist"). Transfer of a pagan concept and word to a Christian idiom. In Middle English, also of the Limbus Patrum, place where the Patriarchs, Prophets, etc. awaited the Atonement. Used in the KJV for Old Testament Hebrew Sheol and New Testament Greek Hades, Gehenna. Used figuratively for "state of misery, any bad experience" since at least late 14c. As an expression of disgust, etc., first recorded 1670s.

Expression Hell in a handbasket is attested by 1867, in a context implying use from a few years before, and the notion of going to Heaven in a handbasket is from 1853, with a sense of "easy passage" to the destination. Hell or high water (1874) apparently is a variation of between the devil and the deep blue sea. To wish someone would go to hell is in Shakespeare ("Merchant of Venice"). Snowball's chance in hell "no chance" is from 1931; till hell freezes over "never" is from 1832. To ride hell for leather is from 1889, originally with reference to riding on horseback. Hell on wheels is said to be from 1843 in DAS; popularity dates from 1869 in reference to the temporary workers' towns along the U.S. transcontinental railroad and their vices.

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hell around in Culture

hell definition


The dwelling place of Satan, devils, and wicked souls condemned to eternal punishment after death; a place of pain and torment. (Compare heaven.)

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Slang definitions & phrases for hell around

hell around

verb phrase

To lead a life of low pleasures; frequent bars, chase sex partners, etc: I'd like to hell around a couple years, then settle down (1897+)


hell

interjection
  1. An exclamation of disgust, regret, emphasis, etc: Oh hell, they're back/ Hell, darling, I didn't mean it (1678+)
  2. An exclamation of strong denial, disbelief, defiance, etc; in a pig's ass, my eye: ''Retreat hell!'' said the general (1893+)
noun
  1. Strong rebuke or punishment; merry hell: Your old man'll give you hell/ I caught hell from the tax people (1851+)
  2. A bad experience: Dinner with my in-laws is usually pure hell (1374+)
verb
  1. hell around (1897+)
  2. To speed; barrel: An ambulance, helling out the state road (1929+)
Related Terms

all hell broke loose, blazes, blue hell, catch hell, come hell or high water, easy as pie, excuse me all to hell, for the hell of it, from hell to breakfast, give someone hell, go to hell in a handbasket, hot as hell, like a bat out of hell, like hell, play hell with something, raise hell, a snowball's chance in hell, take off like a bigass bird, to hell


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hell around in the Bible

derived from the Saxon helan, to cover; hence the covered or the invisible place. In Scripture there are three words so rendered: (1.) Sheol, occurring in the Old Testament sixty-five times. This word sheol is derived from a root-word meaning "to ask," "demand;" hence insatiableness (Prov. 30:15, 16). It is rendered "grave" thirty-one times (Gen. 37:35; 42:38; 44:29, 31; 1 Sam. 2:6, etc.). The Revisers have retained this rendering in the historical books with the original word in the margin, while in the poetical books they have reversed this rule. In thirty-one cases in the Authorized Version this word is rendered "hell," the place of disembodied spirits. The inhabitants of sheol are "the congregation of the dead" (Prov. 21:16). It is (a) the abode of the wicked (Num. 16:33; Job 24:19; Ps. 9:17; 31:17, etc.); (b) of the good (Ps. 16:10; 30:3; 49:15; 86:13, etc.). Sheol is described as deep (Job 11:8), dark (10:21, 22), with bars (17:16). The dead "go down" to it (Num. 16:30, 33; Ezek. 31:15, 16, 17). (2.) The Greek word hades of the New Testament has the same scope of signification as sheol of the Old Testament. It is a prison (1 Pet. 3:19), with gates and bars and locks (Matt. 16:18; Rev. 1:18), and it is downward (Matt. 11:23; Luke 10:15). The righteous and the wicked are separated. The blessed dead are in that part of hades called paradise (Luke 23:43). They are also said to be in Abraham's bosom (Luke 16:22). (3.) Gehenna, in most of its occurrences in the Greek New Testament, designates the place of the lost (Matt. 23:33). The fearful nature of their condition there is described in various figurative expressions (Matt. 8:12; 13:42; 22:13; 25:30; Luke 16:24, etc.). (See HINNOM.)

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Idioms and Phrases with hell around
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