to hell and back


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to hell and back

Through a difficult, trying, or perilous situation and having overcome it. Josh and I have been to hell and back growing up, so I knew I had to have him as my best man at my wedding. Wow, it sounds like you went to hell and back on that trip! I'm just glad you're home safe now.
See also: and, back, hell

to ˈhell and back

(informal) used to say that somebody has been through a difficult situation: We’d been to hell and back together and we were still good friends.
See also: and, back, hell
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Critique: Simply stated, no community or academic library 20th Century European History collection can be considered complete or up-to-date without the inclusion of Ian Kershaw's "To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949".
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She has been to hell and back and this deal could drag her back to hell."