HELL-5: meaning and examples
Today we finish our look at expressions that use the word hell.
Today's expression is: like hell
Meaning 1: used to add emphasis (= a lot)
He studied like hell for his exams. If he doesn't pass, I'll be very surprised.
Sometimes his back hurts like hell, but luckily there is nothing seriously wrong with it.
Meaning 2: used in spoken English to refuse permission, or when you don't agree that something is true. In Spanish we often say ¡sí hombre!
Matthew: David, can you come with me to the market?
David: No papa. I'm going to stay here and watch TV.
Matthew: Like hell you are! You're coming with me to the market whether you like it or not!
Janet: He says he's going to pay me 500 euros per day for my services.
Mark: Like hell! I don't trust him at all. You better get a contract signed before you begin working.
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