catch hell


chiefly US, informal + somewhat impolite
: to be yelled at or criticized in a very angry and severe way
She caught hell (from her boss) for coming in late.

Examples of catch hell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And when Black people face the heat, Black women often catch hell. Rayna Reid Rayford, Essence, 26 July 2023 Similarly, many Democrats would also rightly catch hell for backing a Speaker who was against reproductive rights or intent on slashing social services. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 6 Jan. 2023

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“Catch hell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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