where in the world

where in the world

An emphatic way of forming any statement or question beginning with "where," typically when expressing frustration, anger, irritation, incredulousness, etc. Just where in the world do you think you're going? You've got school in the morning, young lady! We're not going anywhere until I figure out where in the world I left my wallet. I don't know where in the world you got so much money, but there's no way you earned all that just from flipping burgers on the weekends.
See also: world
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Where in the world...?

Inf. Where? (An intensive form of where. See examples for variations.) Where in the world have you been? Where in the world did I put my glasses?
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Where in the world?

interrog. Where? (An intensive form of where.) Where in the world did I put my glasses?
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