2 a situation that is extremely unpleasant
It’s been hell trying to keep this secret for so long.
absolute/pure/sheer/utter hell: For a sensitive child this ridicule can be sheer hell.
go through hell: She’s been going through hell since her husband died.
a living hell (=a very frightening or upsetting experience): The past few days have been a living hell for both of us.
put someone through hell: He’s put us all through hell in the last few weeks.
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