hell west and crooked

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  • IPA(key): /hɛl wɛst ənd ˈkɹʊkɪd/


hell west and crooked (not comparable)

  1. (US, Australia) All over the place; every which way.
    • 1921, William MacLeod Raine, Gunsight Pass[1], 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[2], 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[3], 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.