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in (the) Sam Hill?

Used as an intensifier after a question word (who, what, where, when, why, and how) to express extreme confusion, surprise, or aggravation. Often erroneously written or pronounced as "in Sam Hell." Primarily heard in US. And just how in Sam Hill am I supposed to have three reports done by 9 AM tomorrow? Where in the Sam Hill did you find that rusty old car? Who in Sam Hill is making all that noise?
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Sam Hill

slang A euphemism for "hell," usually used for emphasis. What in Sam Hill are you kids doing in here? You're going to wake the whole neighborhood! What in the Sam Hill made you decide to fight one of your classmates?
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soapy Sam

One who is slick and persuasive, especially in speech. The phrase originally referred to Samuel Wilberforce, a 19th-century Bishop of Oxford, who was known for such qualities. This guy is a real soapy Sam—the townspeople believe his every word, even though he has never delivered on a single promise.
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What in (the) Sam Hill?

Inf. What has happened?; What? (An elaboration of what. Sam Hill is a euphemism for hell. Often with the force of an exclamation. See examples for variations.) What in Sam Hill is going on around here? What in the Sam Hill do you think you are doing?
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Uncle Sam

the government or the country of the United States These smaller countries resent being so dependent on Uncle Sam for protection.
See say uncle
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n. federal agents; federal narcotics agents. (Also a term of address. From Uncle (Sam).) Sam is working hard to put an end to all this drug trouble.

Sam and Dave

n. the police; police officers. (Black.) And there at the door were my old buddies Sam and Dave with a warrant.
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Uncle (Sam)

and Uncle Sugar
1. n. the personification of the U.S. Uncle Sugar wants a little more of your money this year.
2. n. a federal agent; federal agents. Uncle has some pretty strong ideas about who’s in charge of this investigation.
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What in (the) Sam Hill?

interrog. What has happened?; What? (An elaboration of what. Sam Hill is hell. Often with the force of an exclamation. See examples for variations.) What in the Sam Hill do you think you are doing?
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What in Sam Hill?

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Where in (the) Sam Hill?

interrog. Where? (An intensive form of where. Sam Hill is hell.) Where in Sam Hill did I put my hat?
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Where in Sam Hill?

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Beautiful, strong of spirit, Chan Moly Sam has tucked a lavender plantain lily from the perennial garden behind one ear, where it instantly looks tropical (Laksmi says fondly that her mom has a thing about flowers).
When the four years were over ("four years, eight months, and twenty days," corrects Sam-Ang Sam quietly), and Proeung, half-starved, made his way to Phnom Penh, almost his first thought was to search for colleagues; by 1980 they had already managed a ragtag performance for weeping crowds.
Still, as Chan Moly Sam can tell you, little girls growing up in America may chafe at the restrictions and demands of Cambodian traditions and values (no dates with boys; be guided by your parents in everything until you are eighteen).
These days, Chan Moly Sam is mellower about training her children.
Yim works as a teacher and performer with Chan Moly Sam and Sam-Oeun Tes (her "adopted mother" and a powerful dancer) in the D.
Gentle, scholarly Sam-Ang Sam has received a MacArthur fellowship.
Chhieng Proeung is enthusiastic about the concept behind Tep Kanhaka (choreographed by Chan Moly Sam, Somaly Hay, and Sam Oeun Tes with traditional music selected by Sam-Ang Sam): angelic ancestral figures descend from a temple carving to bless a visiting king and his retinue.
The Apsara Ensemble directed by Sam-Ang Sam and Chan Moly Sam has performed in the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival, and all the dancers will, as usual, be part of Cambodian American Heritage Inc.
Over the years, Good Sam has also been a support sponsor of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, supplying hundreds of RVs throughout the United States to act as support vehicles for the run.
Good Sam also helps members locate financing for RV purchases at low interest rates and has a special insurance program for RVs, since many insurance companies will not cover the large vehicles.
With their good conduct code for the road, Good Sam members try hard to live up to their name -- Good Samaritans of our highways.