- to give someone a harsh scolding
- to give someone a bad time
- to be cruel to a great extent
- to have to go through severe conditions
- could be used when describing relatively mild situations too, so as to make them seem more gruesome
- That office gives hell to its employees because the boss is mean guy.
- I have been through hell in that place. There is no way that you will be able to make me go back there.
- She goes through hell with that man every single day. I am not even sure why she is still with him.
- The teacher will give you hell if you show up without completing the assignment.
- I got hell from the doctor when he found out I was not following the dietary restrictions that he had prescribed.
- It is correct that your wife gives you hell about not leading a healthy lifestyle.
The origination comes from the simile of hell with something that is difficult or gruesome. It is a direct comparison and is believed to have come from the Old English phrases where the Bible was referred in regular parlance.