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    Question What's the meaning of this idiom, please?

    Hi all,
    Could you please tell me the definition of this idiom?


    "I'd see him in hell before I'd do..."

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: What's the meaning of this idiom, please?

    I think your sentence needs a specific context.
    What is "him" here ?
    How can I ask without any concern to who are male that called "him" in my direct question ?
    I think your idiom is something as the phrase "see someone in the hell". I don't really know exactly what it means. I think I can understand the meaning well with a concrete context.
    Thanks !

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    Re: What's the meaning of this idiom, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shabby View Post
    Hi all,
    Could you please tell me the definition of this idiom?


    "I'd see him in hell before I'd do..."

    Thanks in advance.



    Hi there,

    You'd say that when you're determined not to do what you've been asked to. In the second part "...before I'd..." you need the verb of that activity.

    I'd see him/her in hell before I'd give him/her the money!

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    Re: What's the meaning of this idiom, please?

    For them to meet in hell, both the speaker and the person alluded to would have to be dead. It's another way of saying 'It's the last thing I'd do', but with the added implication that the 'him' will go to hell (not a happy place, in Christian terms - it's where the bad people go when they die ) rather than to heaven (where good people go).

    A related expression (related by ideas rather than words) is 'You'll get X over my dead body' (that is, not at all - if I have anything to to do with it).

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