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come hell or high water

No matter what. In spite of any obstacle. I don't care if I have to drive through a blizzard—we are getting to this wedding come hell or high water!
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hell or high water

Any means necessary, regardless of any difficulty, problem, or obstacle. By hell or high water, I am going to make it to your wedding!
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come hell or high water

Fig. no matter what happens. (Use hell with caution.) I'll be there tomorrow, come hell or high water. Come hell or high water, I intend to own my own home.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hell or high water, come

Also, in spite of hell or high water . No matter what difficulty or obstacle, as in I'm going to finish this week, come hell or high water. This colloquial expression, alluding to the destructive forces of hellfire or flood, was first recorded in 1915 but is thought to be older.
See also: come, hell, high
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

come hell or high water

mainly BRITISH
If something will happen or be done come hell or high water, it will definitely happen or be done even if there are lots of problems. The previously all-male panel will have two female members this year, come hell or high water. They travel 22 miles a day come hell or high water. Compare with go through hell and high water.
See also: come, hell, high, water
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

come hell or high water

no matter what difficulties may occur.
1995 Ian Rankin Let It Bleed It was the one appointment he'd known all day he would keep, come hell or high water.
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(come) ˌhell or high ˈwater

whatever the difficulties or opposition may be: Come hell or high water, we’ve got to reach the injured men tonight.
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come hell or high water

No matter what happens; come what may. The origin of this expression has been lost. One authority claims it is a variation of between the devil and the deep blue sea, “hell” and “high water” representing similar great obstacles. It appears to have originated shortly after 1900. In 1939, at the outbreak of World War II, A. Keith wrote about imperialism, “Let empires be built—come hell or high water, they build ’em.”
See also: come, hell, high, water
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