Friday, February 28, 2014

Come hell or high water

If you are going to do something “come hell or high water”, you are absolutely determined to do it no matter what difficulties or obstacles you face. Another way to express the same thing is, “come rain or shine”.

1. Do you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions or lifestyle changes come hell or high water, or do you sometimes give up easily?

2. What will you sacrifice sleep for so that you can finish something come rain or shine? For me I will stay up late to finish a season of my favorite TV series.

3. Do you pay all of your bills on time come hell or high water, or is it normally not that urgent?

4. If someone says, “I will ___ if it’s the last thing I do!”, it means that neither rain nor shine, hell nor high water will stop them from accomplishing their goal.

5. Most kinds of deadlines need to be met come rain or shine. What deadlines do you currently have?

6. A hyperbole for “come hell or high water” is “It’s do or die”. It’s used for dramatic effect.

7. When Hurricane Sandy hit the New York area during the US Presidential election period, CNN headline news read: “Sandy-stricken areas will vote Tuesday come hell or high water”. I guess it was important!

8. A number of years ago I said to myself, “I will get to Brazil come hell or high water”. What plans or dreams do you have that you will follow through with (finish what you start) come rain or shine?

9. If you’re single, are you the kind of person who is determined to be with a particular person come hell or high water? Do we have the ability to make someone love us?

10. The Paparazzi will go to great lengths, come rain or shine to get the perfect shot (photo).

11. Some of the lyrics to an old Frank Sinatra song, “I'm gonna love you like nobody's loved you, come rain or come shine. High as a mountain and deep as a river, come rain or come shine":


  1. Come hell or high water, I make an effort to read your emails first thing in the morning! Thanks for taking your time to teach us!!

  2. Hi Rogério! I'm glad you find the material useful! Very soon I am going to start posting video clips of TV series with phrasal verbs etc.