Definition of come hell or high water in English:

come hell or high water

phrase

  • Whatever difficulties may occur.

    ‘come hell or high water, cooking three meals a day is a mighty task’
    • ‘It wouldn't be because you had already made up your mind on what you were determined to do, come hell or high water, would it?’
    • ‘A quarter of a century earlier a young man and woman promised to wed each other, come hell or high water.’
    • ‘Since she is teetering on the brink of one of her moods, this is an outing that will come to fruition come hell or high water.’
    • ‘I am a sceptic and believe this government is committed to membership come hell or high water.’
    • ‘This is probably a good enough reason, by itself, why the elections should go ahead, come hell or high water.’
    • ‘The strategy is pretty much the same as that drawn up by the Romans: Find and support local strongmen who can deliver the goods to the imperial capital, come hell or high water.’
    • ‘I hate confrontations with a passion but I wasn't going to back down, come hell or high water.’
    • ‘By now I was determined I was going to preach that sermon come hell or high water.’
    • ‘I really like her work, so I was pretty much going to go and see this show come hell or high water.’
    • ‘The Alien agrees to ensure, come hell or high water, that he attends the scheduled appointment, as the prospect of attempting to reschedule is unthinkable.’
    • ‘They were there to hear some great blues, and come hell or high water, they were going to hear it.’
    • ‘Like my long-suffering employee, I want my money to be in my bank account come hell or high water with all the deductions already made, all the expenses already claimed and I don't want to have to fill in any more forms about it.’
    • ‘Reporters cultivate an image of dogged truth-seekers who kick up rocks and report what they find come hell or high water.’
    • ‘I wanted more, I wanted a baby come hell or high water.’
    • ‘This decision to remain silent will disappoint readers who expect The Detroit News to stand with the Republican presidential candidate come hell or high water.’
    • ‘Montreal merchants, worried that the newly-opened Erie Canal will sap business to New York, decide to build a canal of their own come hell or high water.’
    • ‘Madge replied: ‘Oh yes, that's just my husband Syd, I told him he was going to cut the grass today come hell or high water!’’
    • ‘But it looks like that won't happen, so, come hell or high water, I am getting a job at Starbucks.’
    • ‘Once a good design solution is found that totally suits the product, it is stuck with consistently come hell or high water, like a good piece of product design that you know just doesn't need any more tinkering with.’
    • ‘Either way the Dominican College is determined to maintain the rugby ethos, come hell or high water.’
    by some means, by any means, by any means whatsoever, in some way, one way or another, in one way or another, no matter how, somehow or other, by fair means or foul, by hook or by crook, come what may, come hell or high water
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