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all hell broke loose

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Definition


When things go drastically wrong. When order collapses.

Context : Business, Politics
Category: Idiom
Semantic: chaos, wild
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Usage of “all hell broke loose”

  1. The coup d'├ętat caused all hell to break loose in the streets.

  2. All hell broke loose when he found out he was going to be terminated from his job.

Examples of idiom “all hell broke loose” from Twitter
  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'Pandabear111222'
    Pandabear111222:

    @cindymint got an urgent call from my mom, all hell broke loose

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'shocklightning'
    shocklightning:

    just heard of a suprise visit from a family friend tmr. all hell broke loose. its like spring cleaning on fast forward....

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'hunydipt'
    hunydipt:

    I send an email to another dpt rtelling them if they needed further help so see our logistics people and all hell broke loose

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'rubyclandles'
    rubyclandles:

    'all hell broke loose at home' such a nice text to get from my dad in london whilst I am at work