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one heck of a (something or someone)

1. An exceptionally good, exciting, or interesting thing or person. Marty sure is one heck of a guy, always willing to lend his friends a hand! Two cars for the price of one? That's one heck of a deal!
2. An exceptionally bad or difficult thing, activity, or person. This is one heck of a math assignment—I can't understand the first thing about it! Boy, that is one heck of a haircut. You're going to go out in public like that?
See also: heck, of, one

heck of a

1. Quite good or impressive. That was one heck of a party you threw for Kelly. Everyone said they had such a great time. He's a heck of a ballplayer. I wouldn't be surprised if he made it to the pros someday.
2. Very difficult. I had a heck of a time trying to change the flat tire. The lug nuts didn't want to budge.
See also: heck, of

heck of a lot of

Quite a large amount of. My car has been costing me a heck of a lot of money in repairs lately. It might be time to get a new one.
See also: heck, lot, of

(just) for the heck of it

For no particular purpose or reason; only for the sake of fun or distraction. People don't call me Mr. Green Thumb for the heck of it! There's a band of local kids who go around smashing car windows at night, just for the heck of it.
See also: heck, of

for the hell of it

On a whim; impulsively. Oh, let's just go on a drive for the hell of it. Why do we need to have a destination in mind?
See also: hell, of

for the devil of it

 and for the heck of it; for the hell of it
because it is slightly evil; for no good reason. (Use caution with hell.) The kids broke the window just for the devil of it. We just drove over for the heck of it.
See also: devil, of

What the heck!

Inf. It doesn't matter! (Often with the force of an exclamation.) Oh, what the heck! Come on in. It doesn't matter. Oh, what the heck! I'll have another beer. Nobody's counting.
See also: what

for the hell of it

Also, for the heck of it; just for the hell of it. For no particular reason; on a whim. For example, We drove by the old place just for the hell of it. In the first variant, heck is a euphemism for hell. [First half of 1900s] Also see for fun, def. 2.
See also: hell, of

for the hell of it

INFORMAL
COMMON If someone does something, especially something bad, for the hell of it, they do it for fun or for no particular reason. Another boy has been caught putting sugar in petrol tanks, just for the hell of it. This makes me want to throw a chair through the window, just for the hell of it. Note: You can also say that someone does something for the sheer hell of it. Some of the athletes are running for money. Some for glory. Some even for the sheer hell of it.
See also: hell, of

a heck of a —

used for emphasis in various statements or exclamations. informal
Of dialect origin, heck is a late 19th-century euphemism for hell .
1989 Guardian It is not entirely true to say everyone who is anyone has been coached there, but a heck of a lot have.
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for the hell of it

just for fun. informal
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for the ˈheck of it

(informal) just for pleasure rather than for a reason: ‘Why are you doing that?’ ‘Just for the heck of it.’
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what the ˈheck!

(informal) used to say that you are going to do something that you know you should not do: It means I’ll be late for work but what the heck!
See also: what

(just) for the ˈhell of it

(informal) just for fun, with no particular reason: The youths had nothing to do so they went round breaking windows just for the hell of it.
See also: hell, of

for the devil of it

and for the heck of it and for the hell of it
mod. because it is slightly evil; for no good reason. (Use caution with hell.) The kids broke the window just for the devil of it. I painted the garage blue, just for the heck of it.
See also: devil, of

for the heck of it

verb
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for the hell of it

verb
See also: hell, of

What the heck!

exclam. It doesn’t matter! (Often with the force of an exclamation.) Oh, what the heck! Come on in. It doesn’t matter.
See also: what

for the hell of it

For no particular reason; on a whim: walked home by the old school for the hell of it.
See also: hell, of
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Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck , also internationally billed asCobain: Montage of Heck , had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Heck wrote the story about a 10-year-old girl who is tricked by her classmates into pulling the tail off a salamander.
The knowledge of this lifetime is essential for an improved understanding of interstellar processes, and to better contain the timing of formation processes of the solar system," Heck said.
Late in the summer of 1996 Heck had a vision of his burnt pianos in the desert.
Jeff Miller (R-FL), "He's doing a heck of a job for the people of the panhandle," August 10, 2004
For the remaining eight kinds offish, Fodrie and Heck found that 2010 catch rates were "statistically indistinguishable" from previous years.
Heck, Common Ground: Islam, Christianity, and Religious Pluralism.
With the American people looking for a sensible, rational approach to immigration reform, Gary Miller, Mike Coffman and Joe Heck are offering anything but.
Heck, an osteopathic physician trained in emergency medicine, also introduced the bill in the last Congress.
Heck and his mom have been evicted from their apartment and his mom has gone missing.
And as advancements in technology are constantly moving forward, he agreed with Van Heck by saying it was important to keep the door open for citizen interaction.
Ben found international recognition in the design community through element14 s The Ben Heck Show, an online electronics and design engineering show, dedicated to educating viewers in the science and art of system and hardware modding.
Author John Coates has thoroughly researched Heck's career, and also offers testimony from Don Heck's surviving family, his long-time friends, and unearthed rare interviews with Heck himself.