what the (blue) blazes

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what the (blue) blazes

An exclamation used to emphasize surprise, shock, anger, disgust, etc. In this phrase, "the blazes" is used as an intensifier. The phrase can also be used with other question words (e.g. "who," "why," "how," etc.). What the blazes are you doing? You can't come in here! What the blue blazes? I just had this fixed, and now there's a dent in it! Just what the blazes is going on here?
See also: blaze, what
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Anyway, why the blazes would we listen to Cameron Diaz?
Why the blazes didn''t the traffic warden exercise an ounce of common sense and either let the matter go or at least warn Mrs Davies that she really ought to have a ticket.
Grumpy Ron WHY the blazes is the taxpayer paying for * her internet connection anyway?
He added: "When you see the commitment on Tuesday night,you have to ask yourself why the blazes that has been missing for the rest of the season.