Can someone explain this expression to me? It usually comes across in the following situation:
X: “Y, you’re going to cut off your arm and give it to me.”
Y: “Like hell I will!” (meaning no friggin way)
Obviously, the expression means “NO!” but why? I can’t figure it out. Where did this expression come from, and is there any explanation as to why it means what it means?
I’ve heard it a lot, but I heard it on TV last night and it finally piqued my interest.