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Suddenly there is pandemonium:‘the police arrived one night and all hell broke loose’
- ‘A raucous screech flooded her head and suddenly all hell broke loose.’
- ‘All hell would have broken loose if a fraction of these acts had been performed by the other side.’
- ‘Suddenly, all hell broke loose and a couple of compartments were set on fire.’
- ‘But that's what he got - and all hell broke loose.’
- ‘We'd simply been reading a map when all hell broke loose, and now there were more than a dozen men milling around and telling us they were going to take Andrew's bike and we must go with them to the police station.’
- ‘Suddenly all hell broke loose and everybody dived for cover.… It was only later that the man's story emerged.’
- ‘Over the next few weeks, all hell broke loose on campus.’
- ‘‘All of a sudden, all hell broke loose,’ he told magistrates.’
- ‘Suddenly, all hell broke loose; there was gunfire and explosions everywhere.’
- ‘It always starts with an investigative article in either The Washington Post or The New York Times, and all hell is let loose.’
- ‘And then all hell broke loose when he walked out.’
- ‘Suddenly all hell broke loose as one of the suspects struggled free, grabbed a knife and attacked an unarmed officer.’
- ‘‘We were there until 11 pm and then all hell broke loose,’ said the prison officer.’
- ‘But as soon as I say I'm only interested in Asians, suddenly all hell breaks loose!’
- ‘And then all hell broke loose on the night of March 10 that year.’
- ‘They give him a learning support assistant but as soon as things start to improve they withdraw it and all hell is let loose.’
- ‘When the final whistle blew all hell broke loose.’
- ‘Chances are, you might be a little shaken up if you happened to be down at Vinyl Lounge on Saturday night, when all hell broke loose outside the club.’
- ‘They agreed to meet and had nominated two of four delegates when Beverley arrived to ask them if they had their delegation organised and all hell broke loose.’
- ‘But when I got to Los Angeles at the age of 22, all hell broke loose.’
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