been to hell and back

been to hell and back

Having endured a difficult, trying, or perilous situation and 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've been to hell and back! I'm just glad you're home safe now.
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been to hell and back

phr. to have survived a great deal of trouble. What a terrible day! I feel like I have been to hell and back.
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One woman said she had been to hell and back but could now smile about the future.
I am a mature and experienced nurse who has just been to hell and back because of a bullying superior.
But he has been to hell and back since his last fight against Damon Hague back in March.