all hell breaks loose


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.

Examples of all hell breaks loose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When Superman is grown up, suddenly there’s a mass exodus and all hell breaks loose. Zack Sharf, Variety, 19 Oct. 2023 Meanwhile, a group of teens are taking a weekend trip to a cabin on Crystal Lake, and all hell breaks loose when Jason arrives. Keith Langston, Peoplemag, 13 Oct. 2023 Of course, somebody violates the time constraint and all hell breaks loose. Odie Henderson,, 31 Aug. 2023 The scene starts out calm, but when a racoon brushes up against the buck’s front leg, all hell breaks loose. Travis Hall, Field & Stream, 23 Aug. 2023 Before all hell breaks loose outside, all hell breaks loose inside. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 5 July 2023 When the whole show changes in episode three and people start stealing stuff and all hell breaks loose, myself and 70 percent of the crew were actually away preparing for an upcoming episode. Fred Dreier, Outside Online, 9 Mar. 2023 See More

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“All hell breaks loose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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