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living hell

An extremely unpleasant situation. She described her marriage to her alcoholic husband as a living hell. So many bad things happened to me that year that it was a living hell.
See also: hell, living
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a living hell

COMMON If a situation or a place is a living hell, it is extremely unpleasant. School is a living hell for some children. Their marriage had become a living hell.
See also: hell, living
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

living hell, a

A condition or place of acute misery and distress. This expression uses hell in the sense of the afterworld’s place of eternal torment. “Even after the divorce was final, he made her life a living hell.” Also put as hell on earth, it appears in such contexts as “Jungle warfare is a true hell on earth.”
See also: living
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Standing on the steps outside the court, Sally Dowler said: "I hope that whilst he is in prison, he is treated with the same brutality he dealt his victims and that his life is a living hell."
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