as all hell

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

as + all + hell

Adverb[edit]

as all hell (not comparable; postpositive)

  1. To a great extent or degree; very.
    • 1951, J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Bantam Books 1984 ed., ISBN 0553250256, page 205,
      I'd make her calm down, and then I'd go over to the other side of the living room and take out this cigarette case and light a cigarette, cool as all hell.
    • 2004, Kate Cann, Spanish Holiday: Or, How I Transformed the Worst Vacation Ever Into the Best Summer of My Life, HarperCollins, ISBN 0060561602, page 72,
      Her husband puts both hands on her shoulders, and she rubs her face against first one hand, then the other, sensuous as all hell.

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Usage notes[edit]

May also be used in conjunction with a prepositive as; for example, as mean as all hell.