In Reply to: Hell or high water posted by Cynthia Logan on July 30, 2010 at 09:02:
: Where does the phrase "Come hell or high water!" come from?
According to Michael Quinion at World Wide Words, who is usually reliable, it appears to come from 19th-century Western cattle-driving. See here: http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-com1.htm. (VSD)