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all over hell's half acre

Spread out across a great distance or area; all over the place. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I missed my turn when I was driving out to meet you, and I was all over hell's half acre before I was able to find the right road again! We'll never find all the papers we dropped, the wind has scattered them all over hell's half acre by now.
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40 acres and a mule

1. Something given by the government. The phrase refers to a promise made during the Civil War by Union general William T. Sherman that freed slaves would receive 40 acres of land and a mule. After the war, though, that land was given back to its original owners. I'm doing just fine on my own—I don't need 40 acres and a mule from the president.
2. A promise or assurance that proves to be false. I think he's just tempting us with that offer, and it'll turn out to be 40 acres and a mule.
See also: 40, acre, and, mule

God's acre

The graveyard at a church. The phrase comes from the German word Gottesacker, meaning "God's field" or "God's seed field," because those who believe in Him are "sown" in it. Well, we'll all be buried in God's acre someday.
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God's acre

a churchyard. archaic
This phrase comes from the German word Gottesacker meaning ‘God's seed field’ in which the bodies of the dead are ‘sown’.
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hell's half acre

a great distance. North American
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God’s acre

n. a cemetery. When I end up in God’s acre, I want everything to go on without me.
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Forty acres and a mule

A a government handout; a broken promise. As Union general William T. Sherman marched through Georgia and other parts of the confederacy during the Civil War, he promised freed slaves the gift of forty acres of South Carolina and Georgia farmland and an army mule with which to work the soil. Following the war, however, President Johnson rescinded Sherman's order, and the appropriated land was restored to its owners. While most citizens adopted the phrase as a metaphor for either any form of government handout (or a trifling salary or bonus from their employer), African-Americans who remembered the expression's history used it as a rueful reminder of a offer that was reneged upon.
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God's acre

A churchyard burial area. The phrase is a translation of the German word, Gottesacker, “God's field” where the souls of the faithful are sown. The phrase also been used for the dedication of a portion of a farm field or a garden plot to growing food that will be given to the needy. The phrase should not be confused with Erskine Caldwell's 1933 novel, God's Little Acre.
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Kootenai National Forest, Montana: Ron Hvizdak, fire-management officer on the Rexford Ranger District, reports, "We're burning maybe 15,000 to 20,000 acres a year, but this forest burned 50,000 acres naturally before fire suppression.
The city paid the company $300,000 for 10 acres worth of conservation credits.
The Rainforest Alliance (RA) program, also called Adopt an Acre, sends donations either to El Salvador's SalcaNATURA or to Colombia's Natura Foundation, both respected on-the-ground groups.
5 million acres from the Pentland Firth to Perthshire - half the Highlands.
The IRS determined a deficiency of almost $100,000 against Schlicher, arguing that only one acre of the Clayton property was used for residential purposes.
In Swan Valley's current heated market, real estate prices have soared to $7,000 an acre, seven times its value growing trees.
However the parties agreed upon a purchase price of $10,200 per acre or a total of $914,124.
5 gallons of fuel per acre or 1,750 gallons on a 500-acre farm.
At the 77,000 acre Widen field in West Virginia, a 20-well program is planned to test coal bed methane, shale and tight gas sand objectives.
077 acre at Multan Canal division, and another 424.