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Hell-served-for-breakfast

Posted by Vladimir on June 20, 2003

This expression was used in 'The Quitter' by R.W. Service.
Would you help me with the meaning of it? Here is the first
stanza of this verse:

When you're lost in the Wild, and you're scared as a child,
And Death looks you bang in the eye,
And you're sore as a boil, it's according to Hoyle
To cock your revolver and ... die.
But the Code of a Man says: ``Fight all you can,''
And self-dissolution is barred.
In hunger and woe, oh, it's easy to blow ...
It's the hell-served-for-breakfast that's hard.

Thanks in advance