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all hell broke loose Informal

Meaning: You can say "all hell broke loose" if a situation suddenly became violent or chaotic.

For example:

  • I was walking through the station on my way to work when I heard this huge explosion, and then all hell broke loose.

  • Everything was fine in the club until someone yelled, "Fire!" and then all hell broke loose as people started running and screaming and pushing each other.

Quick Quiz:

All hell broke loose after
  1. a girl pulled out a phone
  2. a guy pulled out a gun
  3. a dentist pulled out a tooth

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