give (someone) holy hell

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

  1. : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

holy play
  1. : exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness

  2. : divine

  3. : devoted entirely to the deity or the work of the deity

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

  2. : the nether realm of the devil and the demons in which condemned people suffer everlasting punishment

  3. : error, sin


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