- hell ► NOUN 1) a place regarded in various religions as a spiritual realm of evil and suffering, often depicted as a place of perpetual fire beneath the earth to which the wicked are sent after death. 2) a state or place of great suffering.► EXCLAMATION ▪ used to express annoyance or surprise or for emphasis.● all hell breaks (or is let) loose — Cf. ↑all hell is let loose● come hell or high water — Cf. ↑come hell or high water● for the hell of it — Cf. ↑for the hell of it● get (or give) hell — Cf. ↑give hell● hell hath no fury like a woman scorned — Cf. ↑hell hath no fury like a woman scorned● hell for leather — Cf. ↑hell for leather● hell's bells — Cf. ↑hell's bells● like hell — Cf. ↑like hell● not a hope in hell — Cf. ↑not a hope in hell● play hell (or merry hell) — Cf. ↑play merry hell● the road to hell is paved with good intentions — Cf. ↑the road to hell is paved with good intentions● there will be hell to pay — Cf. ↑there will be hell to pay● until hell freezes over — Cf. ↑until hell freezes overDERIVATIVES hellward adverb & adjective.ORIGIN Old English.
English terms dictionary. 2015.