who, what, where, etc. 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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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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