Six Ways to Sunday

Posted by ESC on February 16, 2003

In Reply to: Six Ways to Sunday posted by S. on February 16, 2003

: Hello, I was just hoping some one might know the origin and meaning of the phrase "six ways to Sunday". Thanks in advance for any information.

We have discussed this before and haven't come up with a definitive origin. Here's my take (from the archives):

Eight ways to Sunday/ Six ways to Sunday - I've heard these and used them occasionally. But I'm not exactly sure what they mean! And they aren't listed in my books. So I'm guessing here. I understand that they both mean - scattered. My necklace broke and the beads went eight ways to Sunday. And (this is a bit violent): He knocked him six ways to Sunday. Calling up an image of flying teeth.