the hell out of

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English[edit]

Adverb[edit]

the hell out of

  1. (idiomatic) Used as an intensifier.

Usage notes[edit]

Occurs between a verb and its object.

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References[edit]

  • 1993: Susan Powter, Stop the Insanity! Eat, Breathe, Move, Change the Way You Look and Feel—Forever
    How about eliminating all the stupid choreography you've got us doing—which doesn't do a damn thing, other than confuse the hell out of most people....
  • 2004: William Upski Wimsatt Adrienne Brown, How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office: The Anti-Politics, Un-Boring Guide to Power
    There were days where we would just pick up our coats, leave one person in the office, and head into an area that was weak and door-knock the hell out of it.
  • 2004: Rachel Reiland, Get Me Out of Here: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder
    Am I supposed to be like my mother? Crying all the time, manipulating the hell out of him, out of us?