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have been to hell and back

To have 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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have been to hell and back

Fig. to have survived a great deal of trouble. What a terrible day! I feel like I have been to hell and back. After a day of shopping, I feel like I have been to hell and back.
See also: and, back, been, have, hell
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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