what the hell! excl.
1. a statement of resignation, of acceptance.
|Maggie, a Girl of the Streets (2001) 4: ‘Ah, what deh hell,’ he said.|
|Rhymes of a Red Cross Man 21: The wife and nippers, wot of ’em I say, / If I gets knocked out in this blasted war? / Gets proper busted by a shell, / But – wot the ’ell, Bill? Wot the ’ell?‘The Volunteer’ in|
|Hobo’s Hornbook 141: But Lil died game boys, that I’ll tell, / So what the hell, Bill, what the hell.‘Our Lil’ in|
|Wide Boys Never Work (1938) 162: Charing Cross Road was worse – but what the hell?|
|Big Con 203: What the hell [...] we’re supposed to be out on the road.|
|Crack Detective Jan. [Internet] I didn’t feel right about it — but wotinell, I only work on salary.‘Time to Kill’|
|Ginger Man (1958) 86: I’m thinking of joining the Jews to fight the Arabs or the Arabs to fight the Jews. What the hell. I’m sick of it all.|
|Who Live In Shadow (1960) 21: Even the junk hogs aren’t too bad off. What the hell, they get cured of their habits, don’t they?|
|Old Liberty (1962) 180: ‘What the hell,’ Bo mumbles.|
|Pimp 172: What the hell, Carl, we know she’s a whore.|
|Of Minnie the Moocher and Me 71: What the hell, let’s go out and have a ball.|
|Brown’s Requiem 55: Strange for a cheapshit little bar like that, but what the hell?|
|Stormy Weather 6: What the hell, let’s check it out.|
|Indep. Rev. 22 Jan. 5: What the hell – it’s the packaging I’m in it for.|
2. a general excl. indicative of annoyance or surprise.
|Maggie, a Girl of the Streets (2001) 4: ‘What deh hell, Jimmie?’ he asked of the small champion.|
|Big Town 110: The general idea was, What the hell!|
|Gun for Sale (1973) 179: Buddy blustered, ‘What the hell!’.|
|Halo in Blood (1988) 14: I said, ‘What the hell?’ under my breath and finished lighting my cigarette.|
|Corruption City 114: What the hell, copper, you nuts or something?|
|Unsinkable Molly Brown 62: ‘What the hell!’ Christmas exploded.|