feel like the wrath of God(redirected from they have felt like the wrath of God)
feel like the wrath of God
1. To be or seem extremely damaging, destructive, punitive, etc. The hurricane felt like the wrath of God as it descended on our city.
2. To feel utterly miserable or horribly unwell. We were doing shots of tequila all night long, and I woke up feeling like the wrath of God.
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wrath of God, look/feel like the
Look a mess, feel miserable. Originally the wrath of God literally meant the anger of the Almighty, and it appears a number of times in the New Testament. Likening it to human appearance or feelings, however, dates only from the twentieth century. W. R. Duncan used it in The Queen’s Messenger (1982), “Are you ill? You look like the wrath of God.” It has largely replaced a late nineteenth-century synonym, to look like the wreck of the Hesperus, which alludes to a once very popular poem of 1841, “The Wreck of the Hesperus,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (it describes an actual shipwreck off the New England coast).
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