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In this lesson you will learn about the idioms ‘catch hell’ or ‘get hell’ and ‘give hell’.
Sandra: To “catch hell” means to get into trouble or to get a rebuke.
Paul: ‘Get hell’ or ‘catch hell’ means someone will be very angry with you. If dad finds out that you were using his credit card, you’re gonna catch hell.
Sandra: I’ll be fine, I called him and got his permission. The idiom also means a severe punishment right?
Paul: That’s right. It means to suffer a severe scolding. I remember how he gave me hell last time when I got a C grade.
Sandra: Well, how’s your preparation this time?
Paul: It’s fine. I’ll get a good grade for sure.
Sandra: Okay, you shouldn’t give dad a chance to give you hell this time.
Paul: Let’s listen to some conversations now.
Ricky: Today Ben caught hell from his boss.
Julie: For what?
Ricky: He was drunk at work!
Julie: Wow! He should really get hell for that!
Julie: Yesterday I gave hell to the phone company’s customer service agent.
Ricky: What happened?
Julie: My phone bill was $900! I never use my phone that much!
Ricky: Ouch! That’s way too high. What did the agent say?
Julie: The actual bill was $90, it was a printing mistake. He apologized, and I felt bad for giving him hell earlier.
Ricky: Guess someone in the company caught hell for making that printing error.
Julie: Yeah, I wouldn’t want to be that person.
Ricky: The football game is tied at halftime!
Paul: I’ll try harder to score in the last half of the game.
Ricky: Don’t make it easy on them, make them play defensively.
Paul: I’ll do the best I can.
Ricky: Sure, give ‘em hell, Paul!