- IPA(key): /hɛl wɛst ənd ˈkɹʊkɪd/
hell west and crooked (not comparable)
- (US, Australia) All over the place; every which way.
1921, William MacLeod Raine, Gunsight Pass, page 52:
- When he and Bob knocked Steelman′s plans hell west and crooked after that yellow skunk George Doble betrayed me to Brad, the boy lost his boots in the brush.
1922, Elbert Hubbard, Selected Writings of Elbert Hubbard, page 310:
- “ You see, Parson Brown, your stock is all mixed in and scattered hell-west and crooked ways, so you′ll jest have to pick out what′s handy. Is that all right ? ”
- 1992, Tom Cole, Riding the Wildman Plains, 2003, The Tom Cole Omnibus, Pan Macmillan Australia, page 109,
- 24 October 1934 — Wednesday
- Mustering the plant horses all day. Now we have stopped shooting they are scattering about Hell West and Crooked.
- 2005, Private Albert Franklin Edwards (Canadian Infantry), Two Years in the Ypres Salient, Henry L. Fox (editor), What the Boys Did Over There: Allied Overseas Stories, page 53,
- When it was exploded it blew up the entire town and also blew 61000 Huns “Hell, west and crooked.”
2007, Rowhan Marshall, A Walk on the Wild Side, page 45:
- Unfortunately Les arrived by 4WD to check up on our progress, only to find most of us sound asleep in the shade. He gave us a good revving and sent us hell, west and crooked to forage for bush tucker.
- 2011, R.M. Winn, Bury Me Vertical, unnumbered page,
- They then scattered half a dozen scraggy chooks hell, west and crooked.