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EtymologyEdit

From hell +‎ bell. The interjection is attested from the 19th century.[1] Reference to Datura stramonium appears later; compare devil's snare, devil's weed.

InterjectionEdit

hell's bells

  1. (mildly vulgar) An expression of surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom, or frustration.

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NounEdit

 
hell's bells, Datura stramonium

hell's bells pl (plural only)

  1. Datura stramonium (jimsonweed).

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ hell's bells, int.”, in OED Online  , Oxford: Oxford University Press, June 2008.

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