(in) the devil

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(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

the devil

1. Something that is particularly frustrating or annoying to deal with or handle. A: "This project turned into the devil to finish." B: "I know. I heard the printer stopped working right in the middle of everything!" A dollhouse is the very devil to assemble on Christmas morning. This cake is always the devil to get out of the pan, so it always ends up looking like a mess by the time I'm done.
2. A severe scolding; the brunt of someone's anger, scorn, or wrath. If I get home past curfew again, I'm really going to catch the devil from my parents! The boss gave me the devil for messing up the Anderson account.
3. Used as an intensifier. Who the devil is making all that noise? Goodness, it is as hot as the devil outside today!
See also: devil

what in the devil

Used to ask a question about the nature of something or some activity while emphasizing one's surprise, frustration, irritation, etc. What in the devil is going on in here? I leave the room for two minutes, and you two start screaming like wild animals! A: "Dr. Murakami, come have a look at this strange egg we discovered." B: "What in the devil? I've never seen anything like this before in my life!" Ew, what in the devil is that horrible smell?
See also: devil, what
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What (in) the devil?

 and What (in) the dickens?
Inf. What has happened?; What? (Often with the force of an exclamation.) What in the devil? Who put sugar in the salt shaker? What the dickens? Who are you? What are you doing in my room?
See also: what

What the devil?

 and What the fuck?; What the hell?; What the shit?
What has happened?; What? (Often with the force of an exclamation. What the fuck? and What the shit? are taboo.) What the devil? Who put sugar in the salt shaker? What the fuck? Who are you? What are you doing in my room? What the shit are you doing here? You're supposed to be at work.
See also: what
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

the ˈdevil

(old-fashioned) very difficult or unpleasant: These berries are the devil to pick because they’re so small.
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who, what, where, etc. the ˈdevil...

(old-fashioned, informal) used in questions for showing that you are annoyed or surprised: Who the devil are you?Where the devil have I put my glasses?
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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

What the devil?

verb
See also: what

Who in the devil?

verb
See also: who

Who the devil?

verb
See also: who
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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