Mid-Week Words: Come Hell or High Water #southernstyle

Meda White

Since some of my family and friends are swimming in their houses and yards this week, I thought it might be time to introduce this unusual phrase: Come hell or high water.

water over road

It’s most often used when telling someone what you will go through to get somewhere or do something you’ve committed to.

“I’ll be there come hell or high water.”

“We’ll get it done come hell or high water.”

Someone who says this is serious about their commitment because, as you can imagine, it’s no easy feat to go through hell or high water.

I’m hoping the water recedes quickly for my Southern neighbors.

Have you ever used this expression? What was so important you were willing to go through hell or high water to accomplish it?


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