to hell and gone


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to hell and gone

1. Extremely far away. The CEO was already to hell and gone by the time police arrived with a warrant for his arrest. We had to drive to hell and gone to find some place where we could stay for the night.
2. Completely ruined or lost. My computer had a complete meltdown, with all that work I did on my master's thesis to hell and gone. All our planning and preparations went to hell and gone as soon as the other company announced their bankruptcy.
3. Into nonexistence. Figuratively refers to sending someone or something to the afterlife, especially in a violent or destructive way. The senator is being criticized for saying that he wants to bomb our enemies to hell and gone. The explosion at the power plant blew it to hell and gone.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

to hell and gone

 
1. Inf. very much gone; lost completely. (Use hell with caution.) All my hard work is to hell and gone. When you see everything you've planned to hell and gone, you get kind of angry.
2. Go to all over creation.
See also: and, gone, hell, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

to hell and gone

Far away, forever, as in I don't know where it is-to hell and gone, or I can keep talking to hell and gone but it will do no good. This hyperbolic term dates from the first half of the 1900s.
See also: and, gone, hell, to
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.

to hell and gone

mod. gone; ruined. (Use caution with hell.) Fred was to hell and gone before anybody figured out what he had done.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

to hell and gone

1. A long distance away: drove to hell and gone and still couldn't find a diner.
2. Far and wide: friends scattered to hell and gone.
3. Into the next world: The bomb blew the truck to hell and gone.
See also: and, gone, hell, to
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

to hell and gone

A long way off; forever. This term dates from the first half of the twentieth century. Margaret Millar used it in her Soft Talkers (1957): “I can contradict myself to hell and gone if I feel like it.” From the mid-1800s, this term also was used for “utter ruin,” as in “The stock market’s blown him to hell and gone.” This usage appears to be obsolete.
See also: and, gone, hell, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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