“I’ll be John Brown’s slew foot,” a euphemism for “I’ll be damned,” makes reference to the abolitionist riot leader John Brown, who was said to be damned after he was hanged. Slew in this sense means “twisted.” This is part of a complete episode.

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  1. verypisces says:

    I’m thinking this is not “John Brown’s slew foot”. I think it’s “John Brown slew-foot”. where “Slewfoot” refers to the devil. It’s just a double curse.