a living hell

living hell

An extremely unpleasant situation. She described her marriage to her alcoholic husband as a living hell. So many bad things happened to me that year that it was a living hell.
See also: hell, living
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

a living hell

COMMON If a situation or a place is a living hell, it is extremely unpleasant. School is a living hell for some children. Their marriage had become a living hell.
See also: hell, living
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

living hell, a

A condition or place of acute misery and distress. This expression uses hell in the sense of the afterworld’s place of eternal torment. “Even after the divorce was final, he made her life a living hell.” Also put as hell on earth, it appears in such contexts as “Jungle warfare is a true hell on earth.”
See also: living
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
"These three years have been a living hell where I have been kept from a career which has been my life.
His former teammates threatened to make his life a living hell should he return to school sports in the fall; he did not return.