play hell

play hell
play (merry) hell informal to complain a lot or to behave very badly.

She played merry hell about coming on this trip, but I think she enjoyed it in the end.


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  • play hell — ► play hell (or merry hell) informal create havoc or cause damage. Main Entry: ↑hell …   English terms dictionary

  • play hell with — see under ↑play • • • Main Entry: ↑Hell * * * play hell with (or Brit play merry hell with) : to cause many problems for (someone or something) : to have a very bad effect on (someone or something) High oil prices are playing hell with the nation …   Useful english dictionary

  • play hell (or merry hell) Brit. — play hell (or merry hell) Brit. informal create havoc or cause damage. → hell …   English new terms dictionary

  • play hell with someone or something — AND play the devil with someone or something tv. to cause difficulty for someone or something. □ You know that this cake is going to play hell with my diet. □ Your decision plays hell with all my friends …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • play hell — I informal make a fuss; create havoc ■ cause damage the rough road played hell with the tires II see hell …   Useful english dictionary

  • play hell —  Create an uproar, fuss, etc. (and in numerous similar contexts, e.g. Rich food always plays bell with my digestion) …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • play hell with — cause major trouble, cause huge problems …   English contemporary dictionary

  • play hell with — idi+sts inf to injure or disrupt …   From formal English to slang

  • hell — ► NOUN 1) a place regarded in various religions as a spiritual realm of evil and suffering, often depicted as a place of perpetual fire beneath the earth to which the wicked are sent after death. 2) a state or place of great suffering. ►… …   English terms dictionary

  • hell — like, adj. /hel/, n. 1. the place or state of punishment of the wicked after death; the abode of evil and condemned spirits; Gehenna or Tartarus. 2. any place or state of torment or misery: They made their father s life a hell on earth. 3.… …   Universalium

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