Hell-gate meaning

A narrow channel of the East River in New York City between Manhattan and Long Island. It was named by the Dutch navigator Adriaen Block (fl. 1610–1624), who passed through it into Long Island Sound in 1614.
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(place) Narrow channel of the East River, N.Y., between Manhattan & Queens.
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The entrance to hell, seen as an embodiment of evil. [from 9th c.]
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Origin of hell-gate

  • Old English hellegeat, corresponding to hell + gate.

    From Wiktionary