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.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 American Express had a rough 2020 as travel and entertainment – both key revenue suppliers for AMEX, thanks in part to the company’s favorable use by upscale clientele – were beaten to hell and back by travel restrictions, quarantine orders, and social distancing regulations. - Investing Reimagined, Forbes, 4 June 2021 The sequel to the 10-year-old horror classic is a psychological journey to hell and back. Matthew Gault, Wired, 23 Oct. 2020 See More

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“To hell and back.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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