in sam hill

Sam Hill

noun Slang.
hell (used especially in WH-questions as a mild oath expressing exasperation and usually preceded by in or the ): Who in Sam Hill are you?

1830–40, Americanism; Sam (orig. salmon, variant of Sal(o)mon an oath) + hill, euphemism for hell Unabridged
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