Green’s Dictionary of Slang

— hell! excl.

used to negate the previous sentence or phrase; esp. in a rhetorical question, implying the answer no, in a variety of excls., including those listed below; also used with different personal pronouns.

[US]‘Madison Tensas’ Louisiana ‘Swamp Doctor’ (1850) 140: Love! h-ll!
[US]J.M. Field Drama in Pokerville 193: ‘Two candles, h-ll!’ said he.
[US]J. London Smoke Bellew (1926) 160: ‘It’s part of the system.’ ‘System — hell!’.
[UK]J. Symons Man Called Jones (1949) 69: Accident, hell. She committed suicide.

In exclamations

did I hell!

implying negation, e.g. Did I steal that car, did I hell!; similarly will I hell! = no, I certainly won’t!

[UK]H. Livings Nil Carborundum (1963) Act III: albert: Hey, Taff, will you do us a favour? taffy: Will I hell.
do I hell!

an excl. of absolute rebuttal, i.e. the hell I will! no I certainly won’t/don’t!

[UK]J. Curtis You’re in the Racket, Too 21: Did he remember? Did he hell!
[UK]N. Cohn Awopbop. (1970) 127: But does it reflect a new black pride, does it hell?
[UK]‘John le Carré’ Honourable Schoolboy 275: And do we go for his jugular? [...] Do we hell. We pussyfoot. We stand on the sidelines.
[UK]J. Sullivan ‘Sleeping Dogs Lie’ Only Fools and Horses [TV script] And does he think anything of it. No does he hell!
[UK]Guardian Weekend 29 Jan. 7: Do they hell!
is he/she/it hell! (also are we/you/they hell!)

a general phr. of aggressive dismissal, countering or negating the previous statement.

[UK]P. Terson Apprentices (1970) II i: bagley: Anybody know where the New Forest is? boswell: Wales, I think. taffy: Is it hell in Wales.
[UK](con. 1920s) P. Barker Liza’s England (1996) 150: ‘That child’s psychic,’ Frank said. ‘Is she hell’.