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like hell

1. very much It was raining like hell.
2. very badly My shoulder hurt like hell.
3. it is not true or it will not happen You want me to apologize? Like hell I will!
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like hell

1. Recklessly, extremely, as in We ran like hell to catch the train. [Mid-1800s]
2. Not at all, on the contrary, as in You think I'll call her stupid? Like hell I will! or Like hell I can't say that to Bob. [Late 1800s]
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like hell

Informal
1. Used as an intensive: He ran like hell to catch the bus.
2. Used to express strong contradiction or refusal: He says he's going along with us—Like hell he is!
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