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All hell broke/breaks loose

Posted by on April 04, 2008 at 20:55:

In Reply to: All hell broke/breaks loose posted by Josh on April 04, 2008 at 16:54:

: Any history on the phrase "All hell broke/breaks loose"? The phrase seems obvious at first, but so do many other phrases whose origins have surprised me.

It's from Milton (Paradise Lost):
"But wherefore all alone? Wherefore with thee / Came not all hell broke loose? (VSD)