what the hell

what the hell

(spoken)
why not I wasn't going to go but then I thought, what the hell.
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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
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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.
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TELL ME OL' TIMER WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT TRICK YOU JUST BUSTED?