like hell

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like hell

  1. (intensifier) In a manner that uses all of the strength, speed, or effort that a person can summon.
    You'd better run like hell!
    • 2018 May 4, Tom English, “Steven Gerrard: A 'seriously clever or recklessly stupid' Rangers appointment”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      He had an innate honesty and humility, a work ethic that elevated him above most others in England. He knew what he wanted and worked like hell to try to make it happen.
  2. Used ironically to express the opposite of one's intentions
    Me do the washing up? Like hell I will!
  3. Bad or badly.
    You look like hell!
    It stank like hell down there!

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