holy terror

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holy terror

An exasperating individual, as in He was only five, but he was a holy terror, running wild through the house and throwing whatever he could lay his hands on. The adjective holy here is an intensifier. [Late 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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