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the sweet hereafter

  1. (idiomatic) Heaven; paradise as enjoyed in the afterlife.
    • 1885, Mary Lee Demarest, "The Pathway o' the Sea," in A Library of Religious Poetry by Philip Shaff and Arthur Gilman (eds.), Funk and Wagnalls, New York, page 885:
      Lord, what thou doest noo, an' why,
      We maunna seek to ken;
      But sune the sweet hereafter comes,
      An' thou wilt tell us then.
    • 1903, "Woman Roiled Into Ditch by Train," The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois), 22 Mar.:
      Miss Lacy Stafford of Taylorville was struck by an Illinois Central train at the Sangamon street crossing at 3 o'clock and in the eyes of the spectators she was wafted directly into the sweet hereafter by lightning express.
    • 2003, Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible, →ISBN, page 174:
      Owing to his sugarcane habit, his stubby front teeth are all pretty much gone to the sweet hereafter.