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Sam Hill

noun Slang.
  1. hell (used especially in WH-questions as a mild oath expressing exasperation and usually preceded by in or the): Who in Sam Hill are you?
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Origin of Sam Hill

1830–40, Americanism; Sam (orig. salmon, variant of Sal(o)mon an oath) + hill, euphemism for hell
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  • It hurts me like Sam-Hill, sometimes, to have to hurt my little man-child.

    The Prairie Mother

    Arthur Stringer

Word Origin and History for sam hill

Sam Hill

euphemism for "Hell," 1839, American English, of unknown origin.

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