the hell

noun

informal + impolite
1
used to make a statement or question more forceful
Let's get the hell out of here.
(chiefly US) They moved way the hell up north.
What the hell is going on?
2
used to say in an angry and forceful way that one will not do something, does not agree, etc.
"It's your fault!" "The hell it is!"

Examples of the hell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Casey Bloys, chair and CEO, HBO and Max Content, eventually did hype the hell out of House of the Dragon — albeit 15 minutes in — with a trailer for the coming season. Mikey O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 May 2024 Whether through surprise or distraction or simple freaking the hell out, the man subsequently drove his car into a telephone pole at speed. Bradley Brownell / Jalopnik, Quartz, 12 May 2024 The day-by-day breakdown of my skin patch test experience Naturally, my top priority was getting an answer to what the hell happened to my face. Jenna Ryu, SELF, 7 May 2024 Its strategy is this: make movies of all budget ranges for all audiences, invest wisely and swiftly, nurture the creative talent and sell the hell out of them. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 7 May 2024 But for audiences who have patiently waited to be clued in, the episode finally answers what the hell is going on with the show’s central character, who has experienced everything from hand tremors to full-on sensory breakdowns to a Doctor Doolittle-level ability to persuade animals. Hunter Ingram, Variety, 3 May 2024 The air was buzzing with rumors of a Drake appearance, and questions about what the hell was taking so long while little clouds of weed smoke popped up like NYC chimneys in the wintertime. Angel Diaz, Billboard, 18 Apr. 2024 The lonely image of Future serving rocks in an open-carry state reminds us of the hell that America puts young Black people through. Jayson Buford, Rolling Stone, 16 Apr. 2024 But few knew of the hell Nicole endured behind closed doors at the hands of her husband. Kc Baker, Peoplemag, 11 Apr. 2024

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“The hell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20hell. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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