hell around v.
(US) to cause trouble or a disturbance.
|Lin McLean 60: A man was liable to go sporting and helling around till he waked up.|
|Our Southern Highlanders (1922) 209: Jake came to town [...] and proceeded to make merry after the fashion that our lumberjacks call ‘hellin’ around’.|
|Arrowsmith 195: It’s too bad Arrowsmith goes drinking and helling around and neglecting his family and his patients.|
|One Way Ticket 75: Supposin’ I get sent to Asiatics. What then? [...] No cat houses, no drinkin’ and hellin’ around the way I used to.|
|(con. 1944) Naked and Dead 162: You go tomcattin’ to town, and jus’ hellin’ around.|
|Groucho Letters (1967) 118: That oppressed and downtrodden share-cropper, Massa Nunnally Johnson, is hellin’ around with Ava Gardner, making a picture.letter 9 Jan.|
|(con. 1945) Tattoo (1977) 386: He never got drunk when he went ashore alone, never helled around.|
|A Second Browser’s Dict. 131: Hell around. To roam around in search of riotous fun or violence.|