where the hell...? phr.
a general intensifier for a question; var. on what the hell...? phr.
|‘Nights At Sea’ Bentley’s Misc. June 624: Why, where the h-- is he to coil away his outrigger in a pair of tight leather rudder casings over his starn?|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 13/2: ‘Where to?’ says cabby. ‘Where the h—l you like, only drive on,’ we replied.|
|(con. 1900s) Elmer Gantry 20: Where the hell would I get any money from before the first?|
|A Rope of Sand (1947) 129: You ask Mason politely where the sizzling hell his boat was.|
|Bang To Rights 70: Where the hell did you get this from.|
|Scene (1996) 27: Garver! [...] Where the hell have you been?|
|Viz June–July 42: Roger! Where the hell are you?|
|Guardian G2 3 Feb. 7: Working out where the hell we were going to take a leak.|