1. [early 19C+] a euph. for hell; esp. in various phrs. below.
2. [mid-19C] the guts, the innards, the ‘stuffing’.
late 19C US euph. synon. for I’ll be damned! under damn v.
[late 19C+] completely out of order.
[mid-19C+] to decline, to collapse.
see knock (the) hell of out under hell, the phr.
[early 19C+] energetically, passionately.
[19C] the Devil.
see raise hell under hell n.
a general excl.
[early 19C+] an excl. of dismissal, both of the person and their opinion or statement.
[early 19C+] used interrogatively in a general excl.