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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
hell
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
(as) mad as hell (=a rude way of saying very angry)
cast sb into prison/Hell etc
▪ Memet should, in her opinion, be cast into prison.
hurt like hellinformal (= hurt very much)
▪ My shoulder hurts like hell.
pure hell
▪ He has described this period as ‘pure hell’.
ran like hell (=ran very quickly, especially in order to escape)
▪ He picked up the child and ran like hell.
scare the life/living daylights/hell etc out of sb (=scare someone very much)
▪ The alarm scared the hell out of me.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
living
▪ It is as if the war, crisis, living hell or chaotic backwater can never be known and will never end.
▪ It's just a living hell.
▪ Serving in the Danuese battalions was a living hell.
▪ Tony Revell says it's living hell to work with, and I believe him.
▪ The brave heroes returned to an epidemic of influenza which all but carried off those who had survived a living hell.
pure
▪ He was never able to reveal that his life was pure hell.
▪ The pure hell of making a speech is only equalled by the agony of the audience.
▪ Sitting in a small room with a strange man asking me questions is pure hell.
sheer
▪ It was sheer bloody hell listening to all those fatuous nincompoops saying what a great guy you are.
▪ The stairs seem like the north face of the Eiger, the temperature sheer hell.
▪ Or was he just trying to provoke her into an argument for the sheer hell of it?
▪ The crack-up of personal confidence, the sheer bloody hell of facing every simple decision as a major crisis.
■ VERB
beat
▪ Well, first we're gon na beat the hell out of you.
▪ You beat the holy hell out of me and we lied at the X-ray lab and said I fell off a bike.
▪ To make profit, the Profitboss has only one objective; to beat the hell out of the competition.
▪ I even looked forward to her sofa-bed and duvet, because it beats the hell out of Victor's rubber lilo.
fight
▪ We fought like hell for most of the time.
▪ Must have fought like hell to find its niche within the forest, to distinguish itself within the pack.
get
▪ You don't wait to pick up personal belongings, you just get the hell out.
▪ So I wanted to get the hell out of there.
▪ Yanto's father had got hell from the harbour master and Yanto had got hell from his old man.
▪ Both of us hit the windshield, and I got a hell of a bump and a four-day headache out of it.
▪ He had every intention of getting the hell out of Paris just as soon as he had collected all the money owed to him.
▪ Whoever got him would be getting a hell of player.
▪ Yes, it was fitting and sweet that I should get the hell out of there.
▪ I think we should get the hell out of here.
hurt
▪ I know he lost his legs first, and then his fingers-he died alone and it hurt like hell.
▪ I was able to breathe only with the utmost difficulty, and my arm hurt like hell.
▪ It hurt like hell but he was damned if he was going to let the gunman escape.
▪ My forehead hurt like hell and my body was bruised all over, but no bones were broken.
pay
▪ For if he ever got lost there would be hell to pay.
▪ If one of them kicked over the traces, there was hell to pay until he fell obediently back into line.
▪ If the gardai got to us there'd be hell to pay.
▪ He'd trace you to wherever you were and there'd be hell to pay.
▪ I never did lose any at all, but a couple did go missing one day and there was hell to pay.
▪ They'd just have complained to Mrs Goreng about me, and then there would have been hell to pay.
raise
▪ If you arrive late, raise merry hell, and insult the stage crew you will certainly be remembered.
▪ Now she raised hell with him about the letter in the paper.
▪ But Mitchum has rarely raised any kind of hell.
▪ It raises hell across the land.
▪ I raised all kind of hell.
▪ They raised hell for three weeks.
▪ I raised so much hell the judge postponed it... told me talk to my lawyer.
rot
▪ I just hope the people who did this rot in hell.
▪ Lutz gon na rot in hell.
▪ Let them rot in hell first!
scare
▪ Don't even glance at me, my proud beauties: you'd scare the hell out of me.
▪ Just to make the move scared the hell out of me.
▪ You know it too, and you're scared as hell.
▪ Today, he scares the hell out of a lot of Republicans.
▪ Statistics like that scare the hell out of me, and they must scare a lot of CEOs too.
▪ It scared the hell out of me.
▪ Tornadoes are not fascinating to me; they scare the hell out of me.
▪ There is no stopping planned randomness, and that scares the hell out of us.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
(as) sure as hell
▪ I'm sure as hell not gonna do it.
▪ Alan, if I could get you out of there, I sure as hell would.
▪ And they sure as hell don't understand any of us.
▪ But it will sure as hell make him think twice before risking it.
▪ Goddamn that tune, it sure as hell sounds familiar!
▪ I as sure as hell don't want it.
▪ I don't think I scare easily, but I sure as hell scared myself that weekend.
▪ Not even that low humming sound which I knew sure as hell wasn't the thermostat on the fridge.
▪ They sure as hell don't need your paper and even less journalists like Steven Wells with his repetitive, egotistical comments!
a living hell
▪ My life has been a living hell since the attack.
▪ The last two and a half weeks have been a living hell.
▪ By lunchtime, everyone would know, and they would make her life a living hell after that.
▪ If life in the South was corrupt and callous, in the North it was a living hell.
▪ It's just a living hell.
▪ Serving in the Danuese battalions was a living hell.
▪ That first call had been the start of a campaign of intimidation that had transformed Polly's life into a living hell.
▪ The brave heroes returned to an epidemic of influenza which all but carried off those who had survived a living hell.
like a bat out of hell
▪ I drove like a bat out of hell to the hospital.
▪ They took off like a bat out of hell for Tan Son Nhut.
not have a snowball's chance in hell
not stand/have a cat in hell's chance (of doing sth)
raise hell
▪ It raises hell across the land.
▪ Now she raised hell with him about the letter in the paper.
▪ They raised hell for three weeks.
raise hell/Cain
▪ He spent his teenage years raising hell and stealing cars.
▪ It raises hell across the land.
▪ Now she raised hell with him about the letter in the paper.
▪ They raised hell for three weeks.
rot in hell/jail
▪ As far as they're concerned we could rot in jail.
▪ I just hope the people who did this rot in hell.
▪ Let them rot in hell first!
▪ Lutz gon na rot in hell.
the devil/hell to pay
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Traffic was hell this morning.
▪ We lost every game, but hell, I slept well anyway.
▪ Well, hell, I don't know.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ And a hell of a liar, Doll.
▪ But what the hell, it worked.
▪ For if he ever got lost there would be hell to pay.
▪ For the hell of it l do an extra set of bun-twisters on my back, a perennial crowd-pleaser.
▪ What the hell was he going to do?
▪ What the bloody hell does he know?
▪ William Mulholland came to Los Angeles more or less for the hell of it.
▪ Wondering what the hell he's up to.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Hell

Hell \Hell\, n. [AS. hell; akin to D. hel, OHG. hella, G. h["o]lle, Icel. hal, Sw. helfvete, Dan. helvede, Goth. halja, and to AS. helan to conceal. ???. Cf. Hele, v. t., Conceal, Cell, Helmet, Hole, Occult.]

  1. The place of the dead, or of souls after death; the grave; -- called in Hebrew sheol, and by the Greeks hades.

    He descended into hell.
    --Book of Common Prayer.

    Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell.
    --Ps. xvi. 10.

  2. The place or state of punishment for the wicked after death; the abode of evil spirits. Hence, any mental torment; anguish. ``Within him hell.''
    --Milton.

    It is a knell That summons thee to heaven or to hell.
    --Shak.

  3. A place where outcast persons or things are gathered; as:

    1. A dungeon or prison; also, in certain running games, a place to which those who are caught are carried for detention.

    2. A gambling house. ``A convenient little gambling hell for those who had grown reckless.''
      --W. Black.

    3. A place into which a tailor throws his shreds, or a printer his broken type.
      --Hudibras.

      Gates of hell. (Script.) See Gate, n.,

Hell

Hell \Hell\, v. t. To overwhelm. [Obs.]
--Spenser.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
hell

Old English hel, helle, "nether world, abode of the dead, infernal regions," from Proto-Germanic *haljo "the underworld" (cognates: f. Old Frisian helle, Dutch hel, Old Norse hel, German Hölle, Gothic halja "hell") "the underworld," literally "concealed place" (compare Old Norse hellir "cave, cavern"), from PIE *kel- (2) "to cover, conceal" (see cell).\n

\nThe 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.\n

\nExpression 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.

Wiktionary
hell

interj. 1 (context impolite sometimes considered vulgar English) (non-gloss definition: Used to express discontent, unhappiness, or anger.) 2 (context impolite sometimes considered vulgar English) (non-gloss definition: Used to emphasize.) n. 1 (context countable hyperbole English) A place or situation of great suffering in life. 2 (context countable English) A place for gambling. 3 An extremely hot place. 4 (non-gloss definition: Used as an intensifier in phrases grammatically requiring a noun) 5 (context obsolete English) A place into which a tailor throws his shreds, or a printer his broken type. 6 In certain games of chase, a place to which those who are caught are carried for detention. n. 1 In various religions, the place where some or all spirits are believed to go after death 2 (context Abrahamic religions uncountable English) The place where devils live and where sinners are tortured after death

WordNet
hell
  1. n. any place of pain and turmoil; "the hell of battle"; "the inferno of the engine room"; "when you're alone Christmas is the pits"; [syn: hell on earth, hellhole, snake pit, the pits, inferno]

  2. a cause of difficulty and suffering; "war is hell"; "go to blazes" [syn: blaze]

  3. (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment; "Hurl'd headlong...To bottomless perdition, there to dwell"- John Milton; "a demon from the depths of the pit" [syn: perdition, Inferno, infernal region, nether region, the pit] [ant: Heaven]

  4. (religion) the world of the dead; "he didn't want to go to hell when he died" [syn: Hel, Hades, infernal region, netherworld, Scheol, underworld]

  5. violent and excited activity; "they began to fight like sin" [syn: sin]

  6. noisy and unrestrained mischief; "raising blazes" [syn: blaze]

Wikipedia
Hell (disambiguation)

Hell, in many religions, is a place of suffering during the afterlife, where wicked or unrighteous souls are punished.

Hell (2005 film)

Hell (L'enfer) is a French film, released in 2005 and directed by Danis Tanović. It is based on a script originally drafted by Krzysztof Kieślowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz, which was meant to be the second film in a trilogy with the titles Heaven, Hell and Purgatory. The script was finished by Piesiewicz after Kieślowski died in 1996. The movie stars Emmanuelle Béart, Marie Gillain and Carole Bouquet.

Hell (Bosch)

Hell is a Hieronymus Bosch painting made after 1490. It is currently in the Palazzo Ducale, in Venice, Italy.

This painting is part of a series of four, the others are Ascent of the Blessed, Terrestrial Paradise and Fall of the Damned into Hell. In this panel it shows the punishment of the wicked with diverse kinds of torture laid out by demons.

Hell (crater)

Hell is a lunar crater in the south of the Moon's near side, within the western half of the enormous walled plain Deslandres. To the southeast, also within Deslandres, is the larger crater Lexell, and about 9° to the south lies the prominent Tycho crater. The crater received its name in 1935 after the Hungarian astronomer and ordained Jesuit priest Maximilian Hell. It has 19 satellite craters with diameters ranging between about 3 and 22 km. Nearly all Hell craters are relatively flat and shallow, with a sharp, well-defined rim and a typical diameter-to-depth ratio of about 10.

Hell

In many mythological, folklore and religious traditions, hell is a place of torment and punishment in an afterlife. It is viewed by most Abrahamic traditions as punishment. Religions with a linear divine history often depict hells as eternal destinations. Religions with a cyclic history often depict a hell as an intermediary period between incarnations. Typically these traditions locate hell in another dimension or under the Earth's surface and often include entrances to Hell from the land of the living. Other afterlife destinations include Heaven, Purgatory, Paradise, and Limbo.

Other traditions, which do not conceive of the afterlife as a place of punishment or reward, merely describe hell as an abode of the dead, the grave, a neutral place located under the surface of Earth (for example, see sheol and Hades). Hell is sometimes portrayed as populated with demons who torment those dwelling there. Many are ruled by a death god such as Nergal, Hades, Hel, Enma or the Devil.

Hell (Father Ted)

"Hell" is the first episode of the second series of the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted, and the seventh episode overall.

In this episode, Graham Norton makes his first of three appearances as Father Noel Furlong.

Hell (Disturbed song)

"Hell" is the first single by American rock band Disturbed from their first b-sides compilation album, The Lost Children.

The song was originally released as a b-side from their single " Stricken", off their third album Ten Thousand Fists. "Hell" was also released as a bonus track on the UK version of Ten Thousand Fists in 2005.

As a single in its own right, the song hit radio stations on October 11, 2011. Disturbed's frontman David Draiman stated on his Twitter page that there is no video shoot for the single. An audio-only recording is available on YouTube.

Hell (Barbusse novel)

Hell is a 1908 novel by Henri Barbusse, in which the unnamed narrator peers into a hole in the wall of his hotel room. From the other side, he witnesses lesbianism, adultery, incest, and death. It is only when he feels he has uncovered all the secrets of life that he decides to leave the room for good. But, as he attempts to leave, he is overcome with a backache and blindness.

Colin Wilson gave considerable attention to Barbusse's novel in his influential work The Outsider.

Hell (James Brown album)

Hell is the 41st studio album by American musician James Brown. The album was released on June 28, 1974, by Polydor Records.

Hell (Venom album)

Hell is the twelfth studio album by heavy metal band Venom. It was released in 2008 through Universal. It is the first Venom album to feature La Rage on guitar and the last to feature Antton on drums, who left Venom in 2009 and was replaced by Danté.

Hell (1994 film)

L'Enfer ("Hell") is a 1994 French film directed by Claude Chabrol. It was adapted by Chabrol from the screenplay by Henri-Georges Clouzot for the unfinished film L'Enfer, which Clouzot began shooting in 1964 but was unable to complete. The producer of Chabrol's film was Marin Karmitz and the leading actors were Emmanuelle Béart and François Cluzet.

Hell (comics)

Hell, in comics, may refer to:

  • Hell (DC Comics) a DC Comics location
  • Hell, a Marvel Comics location occupied by a number of devils
Hell (EP)

Hell is EP by American indie pop band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, released on November 13, 2015 via their own label, Painbow Records.

Hell (Wiiralt)

Hell is an etching by Estonian artist Eduard Wiiralt, from 1932.

Hell (DC Comics)

Hell (also Gehenna, Hades, Hel, Jahannam, Sheol, Tartarus) is a fictional location, an infernal underworld utilized in titles published by DC Comics. It is the locational antithesis of the Silver City. The DC Comics location known as Hell is based heavily on its depiction in Abrahamic mythology. Aside from a brief appearance in DC Special Series #8 (1977) that was never referred to again, the DC Comics concept of Hell was first mentioned in Swamp Thing (vol. 2) #27 (July 1984), described by Alan Moore, and was first seen in Swamp Thing Annual #2 (January 1985), written by Moore and depicted by Steve Bissette and John Totleben.

The hierarchy of Hell, specifically the triumvirate of ( Lucifer, Beelzebub, and Azazel), was first depicted in The Sandman #4 (April 1989), and was created by Neil Gaiman and Sam Kieth; in the story, Lucifer had been forced to accept the rule due to the disruption caused by the Darkness' attack in Swamp Thing. Hellblazer would add in the First of the Fallen, who predates Lucifer. In Who's Who in the DC Universe #11 (July 1991), the entry on "Hell's Hierarchy" included all the elements of Gaiman's version, plus John Constantine's archfoe Nergal, Agony and Ecstasy (from Hellblazer #12), Asteroth, Abaddon the Destroyer, Morax, and Superman's demonic foe Blaze, who, with Satanus, came to rule Hell in DC's 2008-2009 Reign in Hell limited series.

Hell (2010 film)

El Infierno is a 2010 Mexican black comedy crime film produced by Bandidos Films, directed by Luis Estrada and following the line of La ley de Herodes. The film is a political satire about drug trafficking, organized crime, and the Mexican Drug War. The film has been a critical and commercial success in Mexico.

The film was nominated for the 25th Goya Awards for Best Spanish Language Foreign Film.

El Infierno is rated NC-17 by the MPAA for some graphic violence and explicit sexual content. In Australia, where more stringent censorship exists, the movie is rated MA-15+.

Hell (band)

Hell are an English heavy metal band from Derbyshire, formed in 1982 from the remaining members of bands Race Against Time and Paralex. Due to a series of unfortunate and tragic events, the band originally folded in 1987. They were amongst the first bands to wear proto- corpse paint as part of their stage show, which features hysterical ranting from a Gargoyle-adorned pulpit, along with the use of a pyrotechnic exploding Bible which caused outrage amongst the clergy when it originally appeared in 1983.

Although they were largely ignored by the media and record companies in the 1980s, their music became known through the underground tape trading phenomenon, and the band achieved a degree of cult status. In 2008 they reunited, and were signed by Nuclear Blast. Their first full-length album, Human Remains, was released May 2011. The album topped at No. 46 on the German album chart in its first week of release.

Hell (2011 film)

Hell is a 2011 German-Swiss post-apocalyptic film directed by Tim Fehlbaum in his directorial debut.The German-language screenplay was written by Fehlbaum, Oliver Kahl and Thomas Woebke. The experienced director Roland Emmerich, known for films such as Independence Day and 2012, acted as executive producer, with Gabriele Walther and Wöbke acting as producers.

The film is about a young woman named Marie ( Hannah Herzsprung), her boyfriend Phillip ( Lars Eidinger) and her younger sister Leonie ( Lisa Vicari) who are driving through the blighted wasteland of Germany after a climate crisis has destroyed society. Parched by thirst, the trio scavenge for water, gas and supplies. The trio are joined by a male survivor, Tom ( Stipe Erceg), who they encounter in the ruins. Later, after the group is ambushed by carjackers who abduct Leonie and take the vehicle, all of the group end up being captured by a farming family who hold survivors in the farm's former slaughterhouse to use them as a source of food.

Hell (surname)

Hell is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Anne Chrétien Louis de Hell (1783–1864), French admiral, politician and governor
  • Carl Magnus von Hell (1849–1926), German chemist
  • Coleman Hell, Canadian singer, producer and songwriter
  • Maximilian Hell (1720–1792), astronomer
  • Pavol Hell, Czech-born Canadian mathematician and computer scientist
  • Richard Hell (Richard Meyers; born 1949), American singer, songwriter and writer
  • Rudolf Hell (1901–2002), German inventor
  • Stefan Hell, (born 1962), physicist
  • Thom Hell, Norwegian singer and songwriter

Usage examples of "hell".

There are a hell of a lot of orphans in Said Ababa, thanks to their so-called benevolent dictatorship.

He now shall know I can produce a man, 150 Of female seed, far abler to resist All his solicitations, and at length All his vast force, and drive him back to Hell-- Winning by conquest what the first man lost By fallacy surprised.

Of course, if we merely abreact them each day and repeat them again the next, we are not doing ourselves very much good, for although we may have neutralised that particular portion of karma, we are acquiring plenty more of an even more unpleasant nature, for we are making sure of a place for ourselves in the hell reserved for hypocrites, and anything more painful than the unmasking of a hypocrite to the depths of his selfish and cowardly soul it is hard to imagine.

Part of me wondered what the hell I was doing, but still I kept banging and kicking and screaming like an acromegalic cretin in labor screaming at her fetus COME ON DOWN, YOU BASTARD, COME ON DOWN!

By all the Hells, if the Dark Master is the Lord of Evil--then Adana had better be looking for her own safety!

Occasionally Eddie had glimpses of what had made Ade Bennett into the man he was and the visions were like a sightseeing trip to hell.

It was black and looked like a Quegan galley, with high fore- and aftercastles, large mainsails, and a hell of a lot of beam.

It was black and looked like a Quegan galley, with high fore and aftercastles, large mainsails, and a hell of a lot of beam.

Jasper propped up against the back of Ahu Akivi and the day Moira and I were to put our meticulously planned strategy into action, all hell broke loose.

With a well-trained Akita at your side, you could walk coolly through Hell.

Sonora way I once saw an Alco RSD12, highballing like a bat out of hell.

Hell, Donald could probably do this job better than me, Alvar thought.

Madame Angelin quivered and closed her eyes as if to escape the spectacle of all the terrifying things that she evoked, the wretchedness, the shame, the crimes that she elbowed during her continual perambulations through that hell of poverty, vice, and hunger.

The captain intended to clear Sellafield steering to pass five miles south of the Chicken Rock Light off the southern Manx coast, then alter course to clear Point Lynas on the island of Anglesey - a slightly longer route than was strictly necessary, but what the hell?

Disgusted at the idea of having such a fellow for my bed companion, I refused to let him come, but he answered, with fearful blasphemies, that all the devils in hell could not prevent him from taking possession of his own bed.