Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Slang Used as an intensive: You've done a heckuva good job.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Heck of a; extreme;

Etymologies

Alteration of heck of a.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Written form of a reduction of "Heck of a" (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Now that's what one might call a heckuva coincidence.

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  • Take Hansbrough out of that lineup, and you've still got what Williams would undoubtedly refer to as a heckuva frickin 'team.

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  • When he said that Lawrence Summers, who stepped down last month as chair of the National Economic Council, has done a "heckuva" job, Stewart pounced on an obvious opportunity for comic relief.

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  • Bush is so wrong, he's Michael "heckuva" Brownie wrong.

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  • But, true to their word, and as Ms. Maddow predicted, these Conservadems are doing a 'heckuva' job to promote Republican values from the Democratic side of the aisle.

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  • Katrina survivors remember President Bush's "heckuva" pat for -- pat on the back for another FEMA director back in 2005, as in "heckuva job, Brownie."

    CNN Transcript Aug 30, 2008

  • Turns out 'heckuva-job' Brownie was doing a 'heckuva' lot better than his superiors, meaning he was actually engaged in his responsibilities, warning George Bush of the Katrina disaster at hand.

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  • Thank you, America, for continuing to pay him for doing a "heckuva" job.

    Archive 2005-10-01

  • Lawrence Summers, who stepped down last month as chair of the National Economic Council, has done a "heckuva" job, Stewart pounced on an obvious opportunity for comic relief.

    Redskins Insider Podcast -- The Washington Post

  • Looked at that way, Brownie really was doing a "heckuva" job by ignoring the pleas of the dying in New Orleans and handing out government contracts for formaldehyde-laden trailers that failed to provide safe emergency housing for the survivors.

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