where the devil...? phr.
a general interrogatory intensifier; a var. on what the devil...? phr.
|Female Wits III i: Where the devil are these blockheads?|
|More Pigs than Teats 5 March (cartoon): Where the devil do they think I shall find Wash and Grains for all their Guts?|
|Ninth Statue II iii: Where the devil’s the learned doctor now, to teach me the way?|
|Oliver Twist (1966) 242: Where the devil have you been?|
|Forty Years a Gambler 39: Look here, my boy, where in the d[evi]l were you raised?|
|Black Mask (1992) 164: Where the devil are you driving us?|
|Hist. of Mr Polly (1946) 200: Where the devil do I come in?|
|Bulldog Drummond 181: Then where the devil does Potts come in?|
|Capt. Bulldog Drummond 156: Where the devil was Hugh Drummond?|
|Patriot Game (1985) 21: What I wanted to know was why I was awake in some bed I’d never seen before, and where the devil the bed was.|