hell

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*hell

 and *the devil 
1. Inf. a severe scolding. (*Typically: get ~ catch ~ give someone ∼. Use caution with hell.) The boss just gave me hell about it. I'm really going to give Tom hell when he gets home.
2. Inf. trouble; pain. (*Typically: give someone ∼. Use caution with hell.) My arthritis is giving me hell in this weather. This problem is giving us hell at the office.

hell

1. n. trouble. (Use caution with hell. Common colloquial, but with a few restrictions. One would not expect middle-class children to use this at home. See the complete list of all entries with hell in the Index of Hidden Key Words. Hell as a destination is not considered slang or colloquial. Hell as a curse is colloquial.) I went through all sorts of hell to get this done on time.
2. exclam. Damn! (Usually Hell! Use caution with hell.) Oh, hell. I’m late.

hell

or/and high water
Troubles or difficulties of whatever magnitude: We're staying, come hell or high water.
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References in classic literature ?
Farewel happy Fields Where Joy for ever dwells: Hail horrours, hail Infernal world, and thou profoundest Hell Receive thy new Possessor: One who brings A mind not to be chang'd by Place or Time.
He call'd so loud, that all the hollow Deep Of Hell resounded.
Can you think of anything hardly bigger than a comma which the man with hell in his heart had to tear away as a testimony against him?
Speak, witch, and I forgive thee for, only thou or the fiend of hell himself could have laughed at such a moment.
Let the three-headed guardian of the gate, And all the monstrous progeny of hell, The doleful concert join: a lover dead Methinks can have no fitter obsequies.
I defy thee, Hell, to show On beds of fire that burn below, A humbler heart - a deeper wo -
these are the veritable pincers, reddened in the fires of hell.
And so I swear once more, by the mill-tails of hell and the head of John the Baptist, I'll never hit for the Outside till I make my pile.
First of all came Harris Collins and the animal hell over which he ruled.
That one fella sick dog trader he plenty brother stop along him, white men like 'm you fight like hell.
Ah, where deh hell was yeh when I was doin' all deh fightin?
The only thing to do is fight like hell," Bert answered.
A hell of a chance you'd have against regular troops and machine guns," Billy retorted.
But how hell should become by degree so natural, and not only tolerable, but even agreeable, is a thing unintelligible but by those who have experienced it, as I have.
One of the men was in a drunken slumber, but on his comrade's shouting to him that a man had fallen down the Old Hell Shaft, he started out to a pool of dirty water, put his head in it, and came back sober.