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(someone or something) from hell

Someone or something that is extremely unpleasant or unbearable. God, Mr. Johnson was the gym teacher from hell! He used to make us run laps until we thought we were going to throw up. We were stuck in the traffic jam from hell last weekend. Nearly four hours spent going nowhere!
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someone or something from hell

Fig. someone or something that is terrible or unbearable. I just attended the meeting from hell! It was quite a strain on all of us. We live next to the neighbors from hell. They are constantly fighting and their vicious dog terrorizes our kids.
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from hell

INFORMAL
COMMON You can use from hell after a noun to refer to something or someone extremely unpleasant. Their longed-for break turned into the holiday from hell. She'd just had the haircut from hell. Note: This expression is often used humorously.
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— from hell

an extremely unpleasant or troublesome instance or example of something. informal
1998 Times As for Ellie Sykes , who calls herself ‘the skating mum from hell’, she's pushier still.
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from ˈhell

(informal) used to describe a very unpleasant person or thing; the worst that you can imagine: They are the neighbours from hell.
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from hell

Terrible, obnoxious, the worst of its kind. This phrase, put as “——from hell,” may be applied to individuals (“the mother-in-law from hell”), events (“the walking tour from hell”), a time period (“the summer from hell”)—in short, to just about anything. It dates from the second half of the 1900s and is rapidly becoming a cliché.
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Teens who appreciate humor and spicy romance in their reading will find My Date From Hell is packed with fun interplays between gods, goddesses, mortals, and personal agendas.
The Toronto beatnik scene also inspired Furie's second feature, A Cool Sound from Hell. A young square named Charlie (Anthony Ray) is initiated into the twilight world of "all night parties with jazz and dope" when he becomes infatuated with a blonde beatnik named Steve (Carolyn D'Annidala).
On Tax Day, the post office lures folks to town "to slam our Hellish Seal of Disapproval on their state and federal returns." If traveling there for the official "Greetings from Hell" stamp is too much trouble, the Web site offers choices of such greetings for all occasions.
He outlines two examples in which God doesn't seem to be doing all he can to keep certain folks from hell. For example: Two women are brought up in the Christian faith, but then reject it.
Bex and her fellow-housemates from Hell even helped to make a cake for the birthday boy.
HEAVEN: "C.S Lewis' novella The Great Divorce begins with the charming idea that every day a bus crosses the great divide from hell to heaven.
For pounds 100, takers get the video and a DIY manual, telling how they can construct their own house from Hell.