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all hell breaks loose

Definition of all hell breaks loose

informal

  1. —used to describe what happens when violent, destructive, and confused activity suddenly begins <I heard people shouting at each other, and suddenly all hell broke loose.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

    :  as much as possible

    :  every member or individual component of

  1. :  wholly, quite

    :  only, exclusively

    :  just

  1. :  the whole number, quantity, or amount :  totality

    : used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness

    :  everybody, everything

  1. :  the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

hellplay
  1. :  a nether world in which the dead continue to exist :  hades

    :  error, sin

    :  a place or state of misery, torment, or wickedness

breakplay breaks
  1. :  to separate into parts with suddenness or violence

    :  fracture

    :  rupture

  1. :  an act or action of breaking

    :  the opening shot in a game of pool or billiards

    :  a condition produced by or as if by breaking :  gap

looseplay
  1. :  not rigidly fastened or securely attached

    :  having worked partly free from attachments

    :  having relative freedom of movement

  1. :  to let loose (see 1loose):  release

    :  to free from restraint

    :  to make loose :  untie

  1. :  in a loose manner (see 1loose):  loosely


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