what the hell

what the hell

1. An exclamation used to emphasize surprise, shock, anger, disgust, etc. In this phrase, "the hell" is used as an intensifier. What the hell are you doing? You can't come in here! What the hell? I just had this fixed, and now there's a dent in it! Just what the hell is going on here?
2. Why not; one might as well; it makes no difference anyway. A: "Do you think we can add some extra effects to this scene?" B: "Sure, what the hell." Let's see, I'll take a gallon of milk, a carton of eggs, a loaf of bread, and… what the hell, one of those bouquets of flowers, too.
See also: hell, what

what the hell

(spoken)
why not I wasn't going to go but then I thought, what the hell.
See also: hell, what

what the hell

  (informal)
something that you say when you suddenly change your plans to show that you will not worry about any problems this might cause I was going to work this evening, but what the hell - let's go to a movie instead.
See play hell, play hell with, raise hell, would see in hell before would, be shot to hell
See also: hell, what

what the hell

1. It's not important, who cares, as in It cost a lot more, but what the hell, we can afford it. [Second half of 1800s] Also see what of it.
2. An intensive of what, as in What the hell do you think you're doing? [First half of 1800s] Also see under on earth.
See also: hell, what
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TELL ME OL' TIMER WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT TRICK YOU JUST BUSTED?