SE in slang uses
1. absolute, total.
|Shake Him Till He Rattles (1964) 35: The tourists will be thrilled to their socks thinking they’ve seen a real, hope-to-die dope fiend.|
|No Beast So Fierce 46: ‘What kind of parole officer have you got?’ ‘A hope-to-die asshole.’.|
|Another Day in Paradise 152: The long hard road that being a hope-to-die dope fiend means.|
|Mr Blue 389: What is called a ‘hope-to-die’ dope fiend – he was the kind that wants more than merely feeling good. He wants to keep fixing until his chin rests on his chest and he is oblivious of the world around him.|
2. closest, most trusted, best.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 25: Beverley, she a righteous hope-to-die partner.|
see wish to... v.
(US) a strong excl. used to underline the veracity or sincerity of the speaker’s statement.
|DARE].Angeline Doin’ Society 13: I know you’ll think I’m a l’ar, but I hope to my die, if ’tain’t the truth [|
|WV Rev. Aug. 347: There is hardly an old man or woman that does not drop an expletive or two into almost every conversation. . . Here are some of my favorites . . Hope my die (Hope I may die) [DARE].|
(US) a strong excl. used to underline the speaker’s statement.
|Rampant Age 135: ‘Will you take a chance on a blind date?’ ‘Hope to shout!’ Paul would also have taken his chances with a gila monster.|
|DARE].Some Dialect NC 23: Hope to tell you, I [...] saying, of emphatic asservation, ‘I hope to tell you, it’s cold’ [|