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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 Following the war, however, President Johnson rescinded Sherman's order, and the appropriated land was restored to its owners.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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The Earl of Seafield and his son, Viscount Reidhaven, own 185,200 acres, the Earl and Countess of Cawder also have 50,000 acres and Lord Thurso 34,000 acres.
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 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.
Gilbert Jones said the city would probably retain ownership of Green Acres, and farm it using chemical fertilizers.
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.
As a farmer who grows 750 acres of reduced-tillage soybeans, I've observed firsthand a reduction in fuel consumption and a return of birds and other wildlife to my fields.
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.
This estimate is down 8,877 acres from 1990's 693,627.
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.