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all hell breaks loose

informal
If all hell breaks loose, a situation suddenly becomes violent and noisy, especially with people arguing or fighting: One policeman drew his gun and then suddenly all hell broke loose.
Translations of “all hell breaks loose”
in Chinese (Traditional) 頓時亂成一團(尤指人們突然爭吵、打鬥起來)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 顿时乱作一团(尤指人们突然争吵、打斗起来)…
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