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in the world

An intensifier used to emphasize surprise, shock, anger, disgust, etc. How in the world am I supposed to read this entire book in one week? What in the world were you thinking, driving across the state in the middle of the night?
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in the ˈworld

used to emphasize what you are saying: There’s nothing in the world I’d like more than to visit New York.Don’t rush — we’ve got all the time in the world.
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in the world

Used as an intensive: How in the world did they manage? I never in the world would have guessed.
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Neil Hodgson, who races for the INS Ducati team in the British Superbike Championship, has won both British rounds of the world series - at Donington Park and Brands Hatch - as a wild card rider and should find out in the next week if he is to replace Fogarty in the World Superbike series next year.