why in God's name

why in God's name

Used to ask a question about the reason for or explanation of something while emphasizing one's shock, anger, disgust, incredulity, etc. Why in God's name are they here when the party doesn't start for hours? Why in God's name would I want a table that doesn't even stand up anymore? We're just about to sit down for dinner, so why in God's name would you give the kids candy now?
See also: name, why
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