1 place bad people are said to go to when they die
VERB + HELL go to He was terrified of going to hell when he died.
HELL + NOUN fire
PREP. in ~ tormented souls in hell
PHRASES the fires/flames of hell Lava poured out of the volcano, glowing like the fires of hell.
2 very unpleasant place/situation
ADJ. absolute, pure, sheer It was sheer hell having to sit through hours of boring lectures! | living The last few weeks have been a living hell for the refugees.
VERB + HELL go through She's been going through hell with that bad tooth. | give sb, make sb's life Her boss is making her life hell.
PREP. in ~ ‘We're living in hell,’ said one of the refugees.
PHRASES the … from hell It really was the holiday from hell?it rained all the time, we all got colds, and we missed the plane home. | hell on earth For someone who doesn't like heat, Florida would be hell on earth.