Where did the terms "What in the Sam Hill? or Where in the Sam Hill?" come from?
Hah! Good question. One thing's for sure, it came out of the South!
A quote from another answer site....
"Sam Hill" took the place of "hell" if a man felt the need to cuss in front of ladies. I don't know what happened if ladies felt like cussing; surely at some point, the desire arose. There doesn't seem to be any one Sam Hill to whom the phrase refers.
From "Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins" by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997):
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