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Hell's Half Acre

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Hell's Half Acre a district in Manhattan formerly noted for its slums and vice
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Idioms

All over Hell's half acre - (USA) If you have been all over Hell's half acre, you have been traveling and visiting many more places than originally intended, usually because you were unsuccessful in finding what you were looking for. It can also be used to mean everywhere.
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Usage

In literature:

Hell's Half-Acre was a prelude to ten or twelve miles of geyser formation.
"American Notes" by Rudyard Kipling
Hell's Half-acre was a prelude to ten or twelve miles of geyser formation.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
She come f'om Hell's-Half-Acre.
"The Valiants of Virginia" by Hallie Erminie Rives
We call it Hell's Half Acre, though the first part of the name would be quite sufficient.
"Fore!" by Charles Emmett Van Loan
Once upon a time this place bore the evil name of Hell's Half Acre.
"Edith and John" by Franklin S. Farquhar
The Excelsior, better known as "Hell's Half Acre," ceased to play in 1888.
"With God in the Yellowstone" by Alma White
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