to hell and back


: through a very difficult or unpleasant situation that often lasts for a long time
She's been to hell and back since her daughter became ill.

Examples of to hell and back in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those complications, at one point, take both boys literally to hell and back, resulting in mutual heartfelt and vulnerable confessions. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 May 2024 By this point, Sweeney’s character — a chaste young American woman living at an Italian convent — has been to hell and back. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 20 Mar. 2024 Bud had been to hell and back, from the bottom of Omaha to the top of the world, all while maintaining the slow-talkin’, good-natured mannerisms that could’ve been lost to the cruelties of his comeuppance. Tyler R. Tynes, Los Angeles Times, 23 July 2023 Hellraiser, horror novelist Clive Barker’s journey to hell and back. Gregg Kilday, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Nov. 2022 As journeys to hell and back go, this one was a pleasure. Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2022 Superstar entertainer Alyssa Edwards is generally accepted as an iconic gift sent down from Gay Heaven, but getting to a place of mutual adoration might've taken her RuPaul's Drag Race season 5 sisters on a trip to hell and back. Joey Nolfi,, 30 July 2020 This trip to hell and back starts with Orpheus and Eurydice falling in love. Joey Morona, cleveland, 2 Feb. 2023 Crosby was warm and smiling, having survived multiple journeys to hell and back and written several songs about it. Pamela Constable, Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2023

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“To hell and back.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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