all hell breaks loose

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all hell breaks loose

  1. (idiomatic) The situation becomes chaotic or characterized by conflict or rage.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost:
      Came not all hell broke loose?
    • 1992 August 19, “Beckel, Barnes and Rollins Discuss the Republican Convention”, CBS_Morning:
      I think it's kind of fun because, had Hillary Clinton spoken at the Democratic Convention, all hell would have broken loose.

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  • Both as a sentence and a clause this term allows all normal conjugation of the verb.

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