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hellhound

[hel-hound] /ˈhɛlˌhaʊnd/
noun
1.
a mythical watchdog of hell.
2.
a fiendish person.
Origin of hellhound
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English helle hund; see hell, hound1
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  • What mysterious enemy pursued him, or rather pursued the monarchy like a hellhound?

    The Hero of the People Alexandre Dumas
  • Is this your discipline, when you should be as silent as cats in a kitchen, hellhound!

    Horse-Shoe Robinson John Pendleton Kennedy
  • Barricading serves not: fly fast, ye Bodyguards; rabid Insurrection, like the hellhound Chase, uproaring at your heels!

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • A thrilling struggle ensued between Merton and the hellhound of justice.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
  • The Leipsic hellhound thus consigned to Belzebub was, of course, Peters.

British Dictionary definitions for hellhound

hellhound

/ˈhɛlˌhaʊnd/
noun
1.
a hound of hell
2.
a fiend
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Word Origin and History for hellhound
n.

also hell-hound, "wicked person;" also "Cerberus," Old English hellehund; see hell + hound.

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