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noun uk   us   /hel/
B2 [S or U] an extremely unpleasant or difficult place, situation, or experience: Work is sheer hell at the moment. The last few months have been absolute hell. B2 [S] (also Hell) in some religions, the place where some people are believed to go after death to be punished for ever for the bad things they have done during their lives: I'll go to Hell for this.make sb's life hell (also make life hell for sb) informal to cause a lot of problems for someone and make them very unhappy: I worked for her for two years and she made my life hell.
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exclamation, noun [U] uk   us   /hel/
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