behell

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From be- +‎ hell.

Verb[edit]

behell (third-person singular simple present behells, present participle behelling, simple past and past participle behelled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To torture as with pains of hell; give hell (to).
    Did behell and rack him ― Hewyt.
    • 1936, Frederick Walker Mott, Archives of neurology and psychiatry:
      Thus a mechanic who feels himself electrically influenced speaks of "brain-kilowatt-hours", or a resistive patient talks of "behelling" injections.
    • 2006, Philangi Dasa, Swedenborg the Buddhist:
      I have seen them behell a saint for ignorantly drinking an alcoholic drink. Beshrew the sanctimonious riffraff!