Green’s Dictionary of Slang

fucking hell! excl.

also fuckinell! funking hell! shagging hell!
[fucking adj. (1)]

an excl. of surprise, annoyance, wonder etc.; also as n. in phrs. such as what the fucking hell...

[UK] ‘Cats on the Rooftops’ in Bold (1979) 48: Old Brer Terrapin in his shell / Can’t get at it very well / But when he does — Coo! Fucking hell!
[UK] ‘Blind Nell’ in Bold (1979) 26: Can she see the stars above? / Can she fucking hell.
[US]B. Traven Death Ship 353: Funking hell, I don’t know what is the matter with me.
[UK]K. Amis letter 12 Mar. in Leader (2000) 47: I can’t see why the fucky nell they can’t do reissues.
[US]W. Brown Monkey On My Back (1954) 83: What the f---- hell you want of me?
[UK]C. Wood ‘Prisoner and Escort’ in Cockade (1965) I iii: ‘Kin ’ll – ’kin ’ll. Shut it.
[UK]S. Berkoff East in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 50: Oink and assholes fucking hell!
[UK]T. Wilkinson Down and Out 32: Fucking hell, I must have fallen asleep.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Godson 18: ‘What the fuckin’ hell are you doing here?’.
[Ire]R. Doyle Commitments 77: I’ve got us a venue for our first gig. – Fuckin’ great! – When? – Tomorrow week. – Fuckin’ hell!
[Ire]Sun. Trib. (Dublin) 24 Mar. n.p.: Oh, shaggin’ hell.
[UK]Observer Mag. 20 June 60: Fucking hell, I’d get the Tube.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 20: They just keep walking over and catching your eye and, fuckinell, I’m telling you, there is some tott out there!
[US]T. Udo Vatican Bloodbath 93: Fucking hell, O’Brian! You’ve just blown the Pope’s arse off!
[UK]K. Sampson Outlaws (ms.) 44: Fuckinell — she speaks!