play hell

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Related to play hell: There will be hell to pay, have hell to pay

play (merry) hell

to complain a lot or to behave very badly She played merry hell about coming on this trip, but I think she enjoyed it in the end.
See also: hell, play
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If someone was 15 minutes late for anything, we'd all play hell.
First up is ex-MP Lembit Opik and Playboy model Kayla Collins, who play Hell Hole Kitchen.
He'll play hell claiming that role this time around.
I think that every dairy farmer's New Year's resolution should be to go along to your producer meetings and play hell.
THE weather is due to play hell with the Wimbledon schedule today, but at least Tim Henman is safely through to the second round.
If it was a child, the nation would play hell up, but because it's a pet people don't think it matters.