to hell and back

Definition of to hell and back

informal
: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.

Word by Word Definitions

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

back play
  1. : the rear part of the human body especially from the neck to the end of the spine

  2. : the body considered as the wearer of clothes

  3. : capacity for labor, effort, or endurance

  1. : to, toward, or at the rear

  2. : in or into the past : backward in time

  3. : to or at an angle off the vertical

  1. : being at or in the back

  2. : distant from a central or main area

  3. : articulated at or toward the back of the oral passage : formed deep within the mouth

  1. : to support by material or moral assistance

  2. : substantiate

  3. : to assume financial responsibility for


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