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 (hĕl′ə-və) Slang
Used as an intensive: He's a helluva great guy.
Excellent; exceptional: That was a helluva vacation!

[Alteration of hell of a.]


adv, adj
(intensifier): a helluva difficult job; he's a helluva guy.


(ˈhɛl ə və)

adj., adv. Pron. Spelling. hell of a (used as an intensive).


[ˈhɛləvə] adj
a helluva [+ mess, problem] → un(e) sacré(e)
to do one helluva job → faire un sacré boulot
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