give (someone) holy hell
Definition of give (someone) holy hell
informal + somewhat impolite
: to yell at or criticize (someone) in a very angry way Her Dad gave her holy hell for coming in late.
Word by Word Definitions
: to make a present of
: to grant or bestow by formal action
: to accord or yield to another
: capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility
: the ability of a material to bend or stretch
: some person : somebody
: exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness
: devoted entirely to the deity or the work of the deity
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