- 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?
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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Examples from the Web for sam hill
Historical Examples of sam hill
It hurts me like Sam-Hill, sometimes, to have to hurt my little man-child.The Prairie Mother
euphemism for "Hell," 1839, American English, of unknown origin.
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