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hell on wheels

Extremely difficult, unpleasant, or aggressive. That woman is hell on wheels when she's angry, so don't let her into my office. I can already tell that this client is going to be hell on wheels to work for.
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hell on wheels

Tough, aggressive, wild, or mean, as in Watch out for the boss-he's hell on wheels this week. This expression originated with the building of the Union Pacific Railroad in the 1860s, when it denoted the last town on the line, which was carried on freight cars as the track was extended. The town consisted mainly of tents occupied by construction gangs, liquor dealers, gamblers, and other camp followers known for their rough and often vicious ways.
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hell on wheels

Tough, wild, mean. This expression dates from the mid-1800s, especially during the 1860s construction of the Union Pacific Railroad. As the track was extended into virtual wilderness, freight cars moving forward as track was laid transported a town. It consisted of tents occupied by the construction workers, liquor dealers, gamblers, prostitutes, and other camp followers of a rough and unsavory nature. Hence the town was called “hell on wheels.” Later the term was adapted for any individual or organization considered very aggressive, as in “On Monday mornings my boss is hell on wheels.” It also has been used admiringly, as in “Don’t underestimate her; she’s hell on wheels for getting things done.”
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The final half-season of AMC's railroad Western "(https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwj4zIGT2qXNAhWLdz4KHawkAcQQFgggMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ibtimes.com%2Fhell-wheels-star-angela-zhou-fongs-relationship-cullen-playing-man-busting-chinese-2042724&usg=AFQjCNH3Bw_KkI_25hrBlgfoFQUvhH_BHA&sig2=hlpWfhPnTRNYXQ-s47kPVA) Hell on Wheels " premiered Saturday night - yes, Saturday - after three successful years in the weekend time slot.
"Not only has [airing 'Hell on Wheels' on Saturday] worked, but the world has changed dramatically during the show's run," AMC President and General Manager Charlie Collier told International Business Times.
AMC moved "Hell on Wheels" to Saturday ahead of the series' third season.
It worked. Ratings for "Hell on Wheels" actually went up in Season 3 from an average 2.1 household rating (the percent of households with TVs tuning in) to a 2.3, according to Nielsen. That translates to well over 3 million viewers per episode, comparable to the numbers "Mad Men," one of AMC's most heralded series, was pulling in during its seven-season run. The ratings for "Hell on Wheels" have more or less held steady in the two subsequent seasons, proving that Saturday did not kill the artsy Western. 
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Hell on Wheels tells the epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on former Confederate soldier, Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who killed his wife.
Bohannon's journey takes him west to a settlement of construction workers of the first transcontinental railroad, referred to as 'Hell on Wheels' by the company men and laborers who live in the encampment.
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Mount, 38, plays a rugged post-Civil War soldier with revenge on his mind in the new series Hell on Wheels.
Hell on Wheels is set during the building of the Union Pacific railroad in the 19th Century and comes complete with vast rolling plains, trigger-happy lawmen and scalping Native Americans.
Filming Hell on Wheels, he said: "I spend a day on a horse out in the sun getting to shoot a grizzly.
Gunsmoke and wagons aside, Hell on Wheels also casts an unsentimental eye on a key turning point in the forging of the United States, the ravaging of Native American land and the price of progress.