holy terror


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a holy terror

A very troublesome, aggressive, or aggravating person; a person who is exasperatingly difficult in manner or behavior. I know that I was a holy terror when I was young, so I guess it's fitting that my own kids give me so much trouble.
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holy terror

An exasperating individual, as in He was only five, but he was a holy terror, running wild through the house and throwing whatever he could lay his hands on . The adjective holy here is an intensifier. [Late 1800s]
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holy terror

n. a devilish person; a badly behaving child. Why is the boss such a holy terror today?
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VN used to be such a holy terror on the old stomping ground.
DEVASTATION J Nine people were killed in Claudy bombing horror in July 1972 HOLY TERROR Fr James Chesney is believed to have been Claudy bomber
Ware animal lover Alfred Albrecht, 89, a veteran of World War II, and his wife of 62 years, Helen Albrecht, donate to the Telegram & Gazette Santa in memory of two of their beloved pets and in honor of their newest cat, BG, "a holy terror."
Setup is as simple as the working-out is intricate: Jesse (Hudson Thames), the son of Mama (Rita Wilson) and Dad (Ray Porter), is 9 years old and a holy terror. Dad's of the "he'll outgrow it" school of thought, rejecting any disorder diagnosis let alone medication.
He much preferred the jitterbug and often did it with the writer Bob Colacello, an habitue of Studio 54 whose memoir about Andy Warhol, Holy Terror, is one of the truly perceptive chronicles of those times.
He himself, who was once the holy terror of the region, shows signs of dilapidation and walks with the limits of a stroke victim.
KEEPING SCORE Adam Garcia, Michelle Ryan and Sean Maguire SKIPPER Paul O'Connell returns HOLY TERROR Phil arrives home RICH GIRL Scarlett
With stunning visual assistance from Mara Blumenfeld's spectacular costumes, Tony Hernandez's irascible Red Queen is a holy terror on metal stilts, Larry DiStasi's incredible shrinking White Queen is a haunting figure of age-defying fantasy and Doug Hara is downright harrowing as a morose, suicidal Humpty Dumpty, teeter-tottering on his precarious perch in a balcony box.
CO has become a holy terror on the set-insisting on the royal treatment and generally acting like a rampaging megalomaniac.
KEEPING SCORE Adam Garcia, Michelle Ryan and Sean Maguire CRACKERS Peter, Alex and Ruth HOLY TERROR Phil arrives home RICH GIRL Scarlett
Meanwhile, close relatives have their own woes, and cinema-obsessed 7-year-old son Naeem (Youssef Osman) is a holy terror. Latter's noxious pranks (think peel are less funny than intended, while his precocious wisdom would be no more contrived coming from a talking horse.
CRACKERS Peter, Alex and Ruth HOLY TERROR Phil arrives home RICH GIRL Scarlett KEEPING SCORE Adam Garcia, Michelle Ryan and Sean Maguire
His composer, Lloyd Webber, says the musicals offer potential relief from a diet of too many dreary plays, many of which have of late failed to stay the course (among them: "Fuddy Meers," "The Holy Terror," "Calico" and "The Shape of Things").
I can feel the holy terror that filled the hearts of its residents late last week.
The Dark Knight will battle al-Qaeda attacks on Gotham City in the new story called Holy Terror, Batman!.
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