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Hail Columbia

noun, Slang.
hell (used as a euphemism):
He caught Hail Columbia for coming home late.
Origin of Hail Columbia
1840-50, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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hail Columbia


A mild exclamation of emphasis, annoyance, etc: Hail Columbia, can't I ever go?

noun phrase

Punitive measures; a rebuke; hell: They'll give me hail Columbia when they know

[1854+; a euphemism for hell]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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