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Re: "patch hell a mile"

Posted by ESC on April 24, 2002

In Reply to: Meaning/origin of "patch hell a mile" posted by paula on April 23, 2002

: anyone have any idea of the origin or meaning of this phrase

Patch hell a mile

How was this phrase used in a sentence? What was the context? I found part of it:

hell a mile - "An exclamation. 'Hell a mile, he ain't been out of hearing long enough to done that.' (William Faulkner, 'The Hamlet,' 1940)" From the Whistlin' Dixie section of the "Facts on File Dictionary of American Regionalisms: Local Expressions from Coast to Coast" by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 2000).