in God's name

in God's name

A phrase of exasperation used to emphasize a question or statement. What in God's name are you doing in here? The car needs a new engine, but where in God's name are we going to get the money for it?
See also: name

in ˈGod’s/ˈHeaven’s name

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in the name of ˈGod/ˈHeaven

used especially in questions to show that you are angry, surprised or shocked: What in God’s name was that noise?Where in the name of Heaven have you been?
See also: name