What in the devil?
(in) the devil
Used as an intensifier after a question word (who, what, where, when, why, and how) to express extreme confusion, surprise, or aggravation. And just how the devil am I supposed to have three reports done by 9 AM tomorrow? Where in the devil did you find that rusty old car? Who the devil is making all that noise?
See also: devil
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What (in) the devil?
interrog. What has happened?; What? (Often with the force of an exclamation.) What the devil? Who are you? What are you doing in my room?
See also: what
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