one heck of a (something or someone)

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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?
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And we knew they'd make our business trips to New York a heckuva lot of fun.
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If push came to shove, I think we could make a heckuva race out of this with the strategy we've employed," Gilbert says.
Lifelong setter aficionado though I am, I can't deny that hunting over these flushing dogs was both exciting and one heckuva lot of fun.
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President Bush's clueless comment to then-FEMA Director Michael Brown - "Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job" - came to symbolize the Bush administration's grossly inadequate response to Katrina.
Anybody after that that's a contributor,'' Polian said, "give your scouting staff a bonus because they've done a heckuva job, literally.
Summers did "a heckuva job," Stewart said, corrected by the president, "You don't want to use that phrase, dude.
I managed, with the click of a button, to wipe a heckuva load of info off wherever all that stuff is stored.
They're going to end up having a good year because (Howland) is a heckuva coach," Butler coach Brad Stevens said.
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