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Hells bells and cockleshells

Posted by Russ Cable on September 20, 2005

In Reply to: Hells bells and cockleshells posted by Tina on September 20, 2005

: I'm trying to find the origin of the phrase, "hells bells and cockleshells". In a discussion with an elderly patient of mine she strongly associates it with the World War 2 era, I'm thinking it is much older. Thanks for any input.

I've heard of "hell's bells" and Mary Mary Quite Contrary had "silver bells and cockleshells", but I'd never heard the two combined before. Rather clever, but only about 40 Google hits (including those with "hell's" and "cockle shells").