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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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So why are we so shocked when a wee holy terror runs amok in the playground or disrupts classes for everyone else?
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