what the heck

what the heck

1. An exclamation used to emphasize surprise, shock, anger, disgust, etc. In this phrase, "the heck" is used as an intensifier. What the heck are you doing? You can't come in here! What the heck? I just had this fixed, and now there's a dent in it! Just what the heck 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 heck." Let's see, I'll take a gallon of milk, a carton of eggs, a loaf of bread, and… what the heck, one of those bouquets of flowers, too.
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What the heck!

Inf. It doesn't matter! (Often with the force of an exclamation.) Oh, what the heck! Come on in. It doesn't matter. Oh, what the heck! I'll have another beer. Nobody's counting.
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what the ˈheck!

(informal) used to say that you are going to do something that you know you should not do: It means I’ll be late for work but what the heck!
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What the heck!

exclam. It doesn’t matter! (Often with the force of an exclamation.) Oh, what the heck! Come on in. It doesn’t matter.
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AH, POP STARS--sometimes we think we've got them figured out, sometimes we just don't know what the heck's going on.
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"What the heck are they doing over there?" you wonder.
But what the heck, the guys who study planets will be happy."
But seldom, if ever, have I heard anyone ask the speaker or author espousing the idea the most basic question: "What the heck are you talking about?"
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