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one heck of a (something or someone)

1. An exceptionally good, exciting, or interesting thing or person. Marty sure is one heck of a guy, always willing to lend his friends a hand! Two cars for the price of one? That's one heck of a deal!
2. An exceptionally bad or difficult thing, activity, or person. This is one heck of a math assignment—I can't understand the first thing about it! Boy, that is one heck of a haircut. You're going to go out in public like that?
See also: heck, of, one

heck of a

1. Quite good or impressive. That was one heck of a party you threw for Kelly. Everyone said they had such a great time. He's a heck of a ballplayer. I wouldn't be surprised if he made it to the pros someday.
2. Very difficult. I had a heck of a time trying to change the flat tire. The lug nuts didn't want to budge.
See also: heck, of

heck of a lot of

Quite a large amount of. My car has been costing me a heck of a lot of money in repairs lately. It might be time to get a new one.
See also: heck, lot, of

(just) for the heck of it

For no particular purpose or reason; only for the sake of fun or distraction. People don't call me Mr. Green Thumb for the heck of it! There's a group of kids who go around smashing car windows for the heck of it. Just for the heck of it, let's order dessert first.
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for the hell of it

Simply to satisfy a whim; for no reason other than one's desire to do it. Oh, let's just go on a drive for the hell of it. Why do we need to have a destination in mind?
See also: hell, of

since Hector was a pup

old-fashioned Since a long time ago in the past; for a very long time. A reference to the figure in Greek mythology, Trojan son of King Priam and Queen Hecuba. This farm has been in our family since Hector was a pup, and you want to just demolish it? How you doing, Jim? I haven't seen you since Hector was a pup!
See also: pup, since

for the devil of it

 and for the heck of it; for the hell of it
because it is slightly evil; for no good reason. (Use caution with hell.) The kids broke the window just for the devil of it. We just drove over for the heck of it.
See also: devil, of

What the heck!

Inf. It doesn't matter! (Often with the force of an exclamation.) Oh, what the heck! Come on in. It doesn't matter. Oh, what the heck! I'll have another beer. Nobody's counting.
See also: what

for the hell of it

Also, for the heck of it; just for the hell of it. For no particular reason; on a whim. For example, We drove by the old place just for the hell of it. In the first variant, heck is a euphemism for hell. [First half of 1900s] Also see for fun, def. 2.
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for the hell of it

INFORMAL
COMMON If someone does something, especially something bad, for the hell of it, they do it for fun or for no particular reason. Another boy has been caught putting sugar in petrol tanks, just for the hell of it. This makes me want to throw a chair through the window, just for the hell of it. Note: You can also say that someone does something for the sheer hell of it. Some of the athletes are running for money. Some for glory. Some even for the sheer hell of it.
See also: hell, of

a heck of a —

used for emphasis in various statements or exclamations. informal
Of dialect origin, heck is a late 19th-century euphemism for hell .
1989 Guardian It is not entirely true to say everyone who is anyone has been coached there, but a heck of a lot have.
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for the hell of it

just for fun. informal
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for the ˈheck of it

(informal) just for pleasure rather than for a reason: ‘Why are you doing that?’ ‘Just for the heck of it.’
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what the ˈheck!

(informal) used to say that you are going to do something that you know you should not do: It means I’ll be late for work but what the heck!
See also: what

(just) for the ˈhell of it

(informal) just for fun, with no particular reason: The youths had nothing to do so they went round breaking windows just for the hell of it.
See also: hell, of

for the devil of it

and for the heck of it and for the hell of it
mod. because it is slightly evil; for no good reason. (Use caution with hell.) The kids broke the window just for the devil of it. I painted the garage blue, just for the heck of it.
See also: devil, of

for the heck of it

verb
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for the hell of it

verb
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What the heck!

exclam. It doesn’t matter! (Often with the force of an exclamation.) Oh, what the heck! Come on in. It doesn’t matter.
See also: what

for the hell of it

For no particular reason; on a whim: walked home by the old school for the hell of it.
See also: hell, of

since Hector was a pup

A very long time ago. One explanation suggests that the expression might have become popular in the 1920s when many schoolboys studied Greek and had dogs named Hector after the Homeric hero. Another possibility is also rooted in classical studies: according to the playwright Euripides, Hector's mother, Hecuba, was turned into a dog for murdering the killer of her older son; therefore, Hector was the son of a dog, which made him a pup. In any event, the phrase is now obsolete.
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Nardo said since Heck was struck by pneumonia in 2013, he started suffering from multiple ailments, including diabetes and liver cirrhosis.
Socorro died two years after Heck won his Nobel prize, said Michael Nardo, Socorro's nephew, who had been looking after Heck since his wife's death.
Mount had a crushing win over Heck & Carl in the first round thanks to a fine century from Inram Kayat, while Green Moor were beaten by five wickets in the quarter-finals and Holmbridge by 10 wickets in the semis.
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When you're stuck behind a labyrinth of tools you need to use, that's disheartening to people," explains Heck.
Heck has introduced an act, Welcoming Business Travellers and Tourists to America Act, which is designed to make the US visa application process easier for international visitors and increase demand for air travel.
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Joe Heck of Nevada--one of scores of Nevada politicians trying to drive the last nails in the coffin of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project--has introduced an amendment that would redirect Yucca money to a fuel recycling and accelerator transmutation program.
Heck, Common Ground: Islam, Christianity, and Religious Pluralism.
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This acquisition reflects our strategy of leveraging our existing commercial infrastructure to expand our portfolio of marketed products," Victory president and chief executive officer Matt Heck says.
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