hell or high water

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hell or high water

  1. (idiomatic) Highly adverse circumstances; acts of God.
    • 1998, Charles Rosen, Barney Polan's Game: A Novel of the 1951 College Basketball Scandals, page 11
      Even though sportswriters are supposed to be impartial, I'm a Brooklyn boyo and Dodger fan through hell or high water, so my beer is Schaefer.
    • 1999, Aaron Bernstein, Grounded: Frank Lorenzo and the Destruction of Eastern Airlines, page 44
      Bankers call this a hell-or-high-water deal because it protects the buyer from the directors and offers from other bidders.
    • 2002, John Foster West, Time Was, page 230
      Corn had to be hoed three times and plowed five in spite of hell or high water


hell or high water

  1. No matter what the adverse circumstances.
    • 1987, James A. Michener, Texas, page 1040
      I am a man of my word, hell or high water.


hell or high water ‎(not comparable)

  1. No matter what the adverse circumstances.
    • 1992, Barbara Michaels, Vanish With the Rose, page 195
      "The barn goes down tomorrow, rain or shine, hell or high water, with your cooperation or without it."

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