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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.
See also: acre, all, half

God’s acre

n. a cemetery. When I end up in God’s acre, I want everything to go on without me.
See also: acre

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 Following the war, however, President Johnson rescinded Sherman's order, and the appropriated land was restored to its owners.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.
See also: acre, and, forty, mule

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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These lands include 4,500 acres in 10 th of Ramadan City, of which 3000 acres are for housing and services use and 1,500 acres are for industrial use.
Green Acres Farm sits atop a segment of a vast groundwater basin where San Joaquin Valley water agencies and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California have stored $10 trillion worth of water.
When Europeans arrived, a billion acres of forests covered half of the land that would become the United States.
Vickers adds that the Heritage Acres general label is a work in progress.
The Countess of Sutherland has 123,500 acres, and Clan chief Donald Cameron of Locheil has 61,000 acres.
1959), in which individual taxpayers acquired 13 acres of land in 1939.
In addition to the purchasing piece, we were looking for consistency, ease of migration, and the ability to support our rapid growth," said Larry Poll, Home Acres project manager.
3 billion in protecting 500,079 acres on 4,704 farms across 57 participating counties since its state program was established in 1988.
Most of the DWP's land in the Owens Valley - 251,958 acres in Inyo County and 62,501 acres in Mono County - is designated for watershed protection, with the bulk leased to ranchers at rates tied to the commodity price of beef or alfalfa.
TIMOs alone have bought over a third of the 30 million acres of private industrial forests already sold, says Goergen.
The NJMC is proposing to purchase the land for $545,366, which includes $122,596 per acre for four upland acres on the site, and $10,200 per acre for seven acres of wetlands on the site.
In the last five years, thanks primarily to improved weed control through herbicide-tolerant soybeans, we have more than doubled the amount of soybean acres in conservation tillage.
Flying high over Maine's Baxter State Park, all looks well with the Northern Forest, a vast swatch of green covering 26 million acres in four states.
At year-end, the Company had increased its leasehold position to 410,000 net acres in its Pennsylvania shale gas project, up from 160,000 net acres at year-end 2005.
21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Agriculture Secretary George Greig today announced the protection of 26 Pennsylvania farms totaling 2,363 acres, putting the commonwealth on track to safeguard its half-millionth acre of farmland from development by the end of 2014.