All hell broke loose.


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Hello, you say all hell broke loose if suddenly there is a lot of noise, arguing, fighting or confusion. How do you say that in your language? Thanks.

Hungarian: Elszabadult a pokol. (elszabadult - broke loose, a pokol - the hell)
  • Greek:

    «Έγινε χαμός» [ˈe.ʝ xaˈmɔs] --> there was havoc
    «Έγινε το έλα να δεις» [ˈe.ʝ tɔ ˈela na ðis] --> there was "come and see"
    «Πανδαιμόνιο» [pan.ðeˈmɔ.ni.ɔ] (neut.) --> pandemonium
    «Χαμός Κυρίου» [xaˈmɔs ciˈɾi.u] --> (the) Lord's (i.e. Jesus) havoc
    «Της πουτάνας» [tis puˈta.nas] :warning: --> the whore's (havoc, distress, disaster)
    «Άνοιξαν οι πύλες της Κολάσεως» [ˈ͜san i ˈpi.les tis kɔˈɔs] --> the gates of Hell opened


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    Catalan (Catalonia), Spanish (Spain)
    In Catalan:

    Es va moure/muntar un sagramental = A 'sagramental' started there --it was a group of armed citizens joined by an oath to defend their liberties
    Es va moure/armar un sidral = A 'sidral' started there --it is an old fizzy drink
    Va haver-hi altar fumat i missa de tres = There was a smoky altar and mass at three --originally meaning a feast or noisy celebration

    In Spanish:

    Se armó la de Dios es Cristo = The (discussion) about God is Christ started there
    Se armó la de San Quintín = The (battle) of St. Quentin started there --in reference to a decisive battle between the kingdoms of Spain and France in 1557
    Se armó la Marimorena = The one of Mari Morena started there --in reference to a 16th-century event in which innkeeper María Morena refused to sell her best wine to the soldiers, causing a big quarrel that led to a trial