Origin of Sam Hillfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps
also Sam Hill
Origin of sam hillUltimately alteration of hell
- (slang) Intensifier.
- What the Sam Hill do you think you're doing?
- Who the Sam Hill does he think he is?
- Where in Sam Hill is that dog off to?
No suitable person is known to be original for this. Probably intended as a substitute for hell or, more fully, for "damned hell".
One possibility for the origin of this expression is from the Swedish word for "community" which is "samhÃ¤llet". Some Swedish immigrant to the United States might have said, "Nu ver in de samhÃ¤llet has Johnny gone to?!", and it became anglicized, repeated, and immortalized.