helluva

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be a hell of a (person or thing)

"Hell of a," used to create good or bad emphasis, is often contracted colloquially as "helluva."
1. To be exceptionally good, exciting, or interesting. Marty sure is a helluva guy, always willing to lend his friends a hand! Two cars for the price of one? That's a hell of a deal!
2. To be exceptionally bad or difficult. This is a hell of a math assignment—I can't understand the first thing about it! Eesh, that is a helluva haircut. You're going to go out in public like that?
See also: hell, of

be a helluva drug

slang To have an extremely intense and addictive effect on one, especially that which warps one's ability to make logical, rational decisions (similar to the effects of narcotics). Popularized by Rick James in the sketch show Chappelle's Show in reference to his addiction to cocaine. "Helluva" is a colloquial contraction of "hell of a." These corporate executives know that nostalgia is a helluva drug, so they're pushing hard to capitalize on what was popular among young adults when they were children. A: "I don't know what came over me. I knew what I was doing was wrong, but I just couldn't say no to her." B: "Hey, man—love's a helluva drug."
See also: drug, helluva

be one hell of a (person or thing)

"Hell of a," used to create good or bad emphasis, is often contracted colloquially as "helluva."
1. To be exceptionally good, exciting, or interesting. Marty sure is one helluva guy, always willing to lend his friends a hand! Two cars for the price of one? That's one hell of a deal!
2. To be exceptionally bad or difficult. This is one hell of a math assignment—I can't understand the first thing about it! Eesh, that is one helluva haircut. You're going to go out in public like that?
See also: hell, of, one

helluva

1. Quite good or impressive. (A colloquial contraction of "hell of a.") That was one helluva a party you threw for Kelly. Everyone said they had such a great time. He's a helluva ballplayer. I wouldn't be surprised if he made it to the pros someday.
2. Very difficult. I had a helluva time trying to change the flat tire. The lug nuts didn't want to budge.

one hell of a (something or someone)

1. An exceptionally good, exciting, or interesting thing or person. Marty sure is one hell of a guy, always willing to lend his friends a hand! Two cars for the price of one? That's one hell of a deal! It started out slow, but this turned into one hell of an exciting movie!
2. An exceptionally bad or difficult thing, activity, or person. This is one hell of a math assignment—I can't understand the first thing about it! Boy, that is one hell of a haircut. You're going to go out in public like that?
See also: hell, of, one
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a hell of a someone or something

 and a helluva someone or something 
1. Inf. a very bad person or thing. (Use caution with hell.) That's a hell of a way to treat someone. He's a hell of a driver! Watch out! 2. Inf. a very good person or thing. (Use caution with hell.) He is one hell of a guy. We really like him. We had a helluva good time.
See also: hell, of
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

a (or one) hell of a —

used to emphasize something very bad or great. informal
1990 Stephen King The Stand If someone on the committee has been leaking, we're in a hell of a jam.
See also: hell, of
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hell of a someone/something

and helluva someone/something
1. n. a very bad person or thing. (Use caution with hell.) That’s a hell of a way to treat someone.
2. n. a very good person or thing. (Use caution with hell.) He is one helluva guy. We really like him.
See also: hell, of, someone, something

helluva someone/something

verb
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