a holy terror

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a holy terror

A very troublesome, aggressive, or aggravating person; a person who is exasperatingly difficult in his or her manner or behavior. I know that I was a holy terror when I was young, so I guess it's fitting that my own kids give me so much trouble.
See also: holy, terror
References in classic literature ?
When he's finished in Europe he'll be a holy terror.
He was a hero as well as a holy terror among the Moslems.
Holmes, and it is the only time that ever I knew what love was-- it fairly drove me mad to think that she was in the power of the greatest brute and bully in South Africa--a man whose name is a holy terror from Kimberley to Johannesburg.
Jodie Foster, left, proves a holy terror to Kieran Culkin in ``The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys.