Urban Dictionary: bloody hell
an interjection of either amazed awe or sudden anger/despondency; from the terms, “Christ’s wounds,” and/or “Christ’s blood,” which were deemed sacreligious and so were shortened to “bloody;” “hell was added later to express the full extent of the emotion; originated in Great BritainDenethor: *insane and unconsolable* Flee, flee for your liiiiives!
Gandalf: *irritated* Oh, bloody HELL! *whacks Denethor with his staff*
Hermione: *punches Malfoy in his snivelling face* Bloody hell, I’ve wanted to do that for ages!
Ron: Bloody hell! I think I love you.
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Slang term with varied uses, and different meanings depending on context. Used extensively in Australia as 1:mild surprise 2:angry shock 3:mild amusement at common trouble 4:general colourful phrase added to emphasise importance of comment1: Bloody hell, that was a good try/rally/point. (sport)
2: Bloody hell, why did you drive drunk and crash the car?
3:Bloody hell, that woman shouldn’t wear tights in public.
4:Where the bloody hell are all the tourists Oprah was meant to bring us here in Oz? Are they scared off by our flaming lingo?
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Alternatively British blasphemy related to Bloody Mary — which says The Virgin Mary was not a virgin as in Mary was bloody from her ruptured hymen. Of course such a blasphemy means you are going straight to hell having denied Christ is God’s son. Thus Bloody Hell refers to huge disaster and misfortune. This form is seldom the sense used today – but when it is there is an implication that the Church or Christianity or God is at fault.
The less controversial “Blood of Christ wounds” is the usual meaning which is merely bad in the sense of making vows without permission of a vicar and degrading their seriousness. Vows by the “Blood of Christ” were supposed to be reserved for the most serious of matters like going on crusade. In this case “Bloody Hell” is more shorthand for saying “by the Blood of Christ Wounds I swear it is as bad as if Hell itself has broken loose on Earth”.
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