where (in) (the) Sam Hill

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where (in) (the) Sam Hill

An emphatic way of forming any statement or question beginning with "where," typically when expressing frustration, anger, irritation, incredulousness, etc. ("Sam Hill" is a colloquial minced oath for "hell.") Just where in Sam Hill do you think you're going? You've got school in the morning, young lady! We're not going anywhere until I figure out where in the Sam Hill I left my wallet. I don't know where the Sam Hill you got so much money, but there's no way you earned all that just from flipping burgers on the weekends.
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Where in Sam Hill?

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Where in (the) Sam Hill?

interrog. Where? (An intensive form of where. Sam Hill is hell.) Where in Sam Hill did I put my hat?
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