heck of a

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

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.
See also: heck, of
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It's going to be a heck of a series and obviously you can't look past a pitch, you can't look past an inning.
Michael Brown, the beleaguered recent head of FEMA, may have felt momentarily bucked up when President Bush spoke those now famous words: "You're doing a heck of a job, Brownie.
Jim Towey, director of White House faith-based office, "He did a heck of a job being a lawyer," March 1, 2005
Tommy Thompson, outgoing Secretary of HHS, "He's done a heck of a job," October 26, 2004
Dick Cheney, Vice President, "Dick Cheney has done a heck of a job as the Vice President," September 13, 2004
Jeff Miller (R-FL), "He's doing a heck of a job for the people of the panhandle," August 10, 2004
Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan, "You're doing a heck of a job," June 9, 2004
Bill Frist (R-TN), "He's doing a heck of a job," May 27, 2004
Zito pitched one heck of a game," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Maybe they just picked a heck of a time to turn the pregame locker room into a Dockers commercial.
Now, he's still learning how to make pitches and everything - it's still a learning process - but he's come up and done a heck of a job.
His skills are probably not what they once were, but he's still a heck of a lot better than most people in the game,'' Bavasi said.