A severe rebuke or punishment: He gave us merry hell for that caper (1911+)
catch hell, give someone hell
[mer-ee-mey-ker] /ˈmɛr iˌmeɪ kər/ noun 1. a person who gaily or enthusiastically takes part in some festive or celebration; reveler.
[mer-ee-mey-king] /ˈmɛr iˌmeɪ kɪŋ/ noun 1. the act of taking part gaily or enthusiastically in some festive or celebration. 2. a festivity; revel. adjective 3. producing mirth; happy; festive. /ˈmɛrɪˌmeɪkɪŋ/ noun 1. fun, revelry, or festivity n. also merry-making, 1714; see merry + make (v.). Related: Merry-maker (1827).
- Merry men
plural noun 1. (facetious) a person’s assistants or followers
noun, American History. 1. a settlement in Mt. Wollaston (Quincy), Mass., c1625–28, noted for its rejection of Puritan standards of behavior.