come hell or high water

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of come hell or high water

informal
used to say that something will definitely happen or be done even though other events or situations might make it difficult
  • I will be there on time, come hell or high water.

Word by Word Definitions

hell play
  1. : a nether world in which the dead continue to exist : hades

  2. : the nether realm of the devil and the demons in which condemned people suffer everlasting punishment

  3. : error, sin

high play
  1. : rising or extending upward a great distance : taller than average, usual, or expected

  2. : having a specified height or elevation : tall

  3. : situated or passing above the normal level, surface, base of measurement, or elevation

  1. : at or to a high place, altitude, level, or degree

  2. : well, luxuriously

  1. : an elevated place or region: such as

  2. : hill, knoll

  3. : the space overhead : sky

water play
  1. : the liquid that descends from the clouds as rain, forms streams, lakes, and seas, and is a major constituent of all living matter and that when pure is an odorless, tasteless, very slightly compressible liquid oxide of hydrogen H2O which appears bluish in thick layers, freezes at 0° C and boils at 100° C, has a maximum density at 4° C and a high specific heat, is feebly ionized to hydrogen and hydroxyl ions, and is a poor conductor of electricity and a good solvent

  2. : a natural mineral water

  3. : a particular quantity or body of water: such as

  1. : to moisten, sprinkle, or soak with water

  2. : to supply with water for drink

  3. : to supply water to


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