what the fuck...? phr.
1. (orig. US) a phr. used to indicate one’s incomprehension.
|‘His Brother’s Keeper’ in Roderick (1972) 525: What the — do you mean by coming into my bar and interfering with he, Who the — are you anyway?|
|Gentlemen of the Broad Arrows 55: ‘What the — is this?’ exclaimed the astonished warder.|
|Roofs of Paris (1983) 46: What the fuck’s wrong with you bozos, anyway?|
|Blackboard Jungle 175: So wat the fuck you think?|
|‘The Fall’ in Life (1976) 87: I heard a thunder that the door shook under / And wondered what the fuck it could be.et al.|
|Shaft 197: He could remember the ten thousand dollars [...] What the fuck good was it?|
|Street Players 215: Woman, what the fuck are you doing here?|
|Viz Oct.–Nov. 32: What the fuck are you playing at?|
|Tarantino & Avery Pulp Fiction [film script] 88: What the fuck do you think I’m doing?!|
|Borderland 180: What the blue fuck did you mean?|
|Guardian Weekend 12 June 23: Whoaaah? What the fuck is that?|
|Soothing Music for Stray Cats 11: And just what the fuck was going through Jim’s stupid bastard head?|
|Running the Books 185: Fuck is everyone crying about?|
|Big Whatever 23: The bikey [...] clocked the crazy tableau and said, ‘The fuck’s this?’.(con. 1969-1973)|
|What They Was 5: We’re talking to Tyrell like whatdafuck, man [...] that was a mad ting.|
|Riker’s 37: I said to the guy, what the fuck are you doing with this?|
2. in attrib. use of sense 1.
|Alphaville (2011) 234: It is so far from what Gio expects to hear that he breaks character with a ‘what the fuck?’ look at me.|