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something awful

Terribly. The phrase is used as an adverb to emphasize just how bad or intense something is. Thank you for taking out the trash—it sure smelled something awful! My ankle has hurt something awful ever since I slipped on the ice.
See also: awful, something

I'm terrible at names.

 and I'm awful at names.
I can't seem to remember anyone's name. (Said as an apology to someone whose name you have forgotten.) I'm terrible at names. Please tell me yours again. Haven't we met already? I'm awful at names.
See also: name, terrible
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Come Cheltenham - and never, ever forget the awfulness of Aintree - the jockeys are going to have to remember and act on the rules.
who gets the girl, the presumption of awfulness only grows.
Nutcases - sorry, we mean competitors - have to complete two l of a 60yd trench stuffed full of dark, dank awfulness in the quicke possible, wearing snorkels and flippers without using any convent swimming strokes.
Accept a surprisingly low quotation and you will be rewarded with work of appropriate awfulness or possibly an uncompleted contract.
Moore, who won 64 caps for England and now works as a solicitor, said: "If you have been abused, you feel tainted by association with the awfulness of the crime.
He added: "If you have been abused, you feel tainted by association with the awfulness of the crime.
The way humanity deals with awfulness is truly unique.
Even with all the awfulness around us, we still endure.
A MASSIVELY emotional and cleverly-written book illustrating only too clearly the severity and awfulness of racism.
How refreshing it was to read the opinion piece ("Ad nauseam", December/January 2007/08) by Ruth Prickett about the awfulness of many TV adverts.
Too often in Liverpool we see these developments, like the sheer awfulness of Mann Island's rebuilding with those black pyramid apartment blocks, done for the benefit of the authorities in the short-term.
The often-horrifying episodes in Srulik's desperate existence are related in short, matter-of-fact sentences, heightening both the awfulness and the grim reality of his experiences for the reader.
The 'lessons of the march were eclipsed by the glory that was heaped on it' and the main lesson was its awfulness.
The new Bullring shopping centre has had such a huge impact on Birmingham's retail offer during the past three years that it is increasingly difficult to recall the drab awfulness of what existed before.