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hell on earth

An awful or extremely unpleasant situation or circumstance. This place has been hell on earth ever since the new manager took over. Following the military coup, inhabitants of the region have described it as a hell on earth.
See also: earth, hell, on
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

hell on earth

Fig. a very unpleasant situation, as if one were in hell. That man made my life hell on earth! The whole time I was there was just hell on earth.
See also: earth, hell, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hell on earth

If a place or a situation is hell on earth, it is extremely unpleasant. Cannes is magnificent in good weather and hell on earth in bad. Organising it all has been hell on earth, but it's worked absolutely brilliantly. Note: You can also say that a place or situation is a hell on earth. Infectious disease made building the railway a hell on earth for the labourers.
See also: earth, hell, on
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

a ˌhell on ˈearth

a place or situation that is extremely bad or unpleasant: Life for the ordinary soldiers was hell on earth. OPPOSITE: a heaven on earth
See also: earth, hell, on
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The band advertised the onstage suicide in mid-September, announcing that an unidentified "terminally ill" fan would kill him or herself during Hell on Earth's October 4 show at State Theatre in St.
Lenderman issued a temporary injunction October 3 barring Hell on Earth from performing or advertising the show, according to Rolling Stone.
"Three weeks ago, few other local bands had heard of Hell On Earth."
Tourtelot told the AP that although Hell on Earth performed at an undisclosed location that night, the band's web site malfunctioned and was shut down.
As Jake presented Tony with the coveted trophy and the check, Tony's band Hell on Earth bum-rushed the stage, broke the video screen, and fumbled around for a while.