who the hell...? phr.
a general intensifier for a question; var. on what the hell...? phr.
|Swells Night Out n.p.: ‘Who the h-- are you?’ &c. and which, if returned [...] answered by ‘Ax my a---,’ or some such elegant retort.|
|Seven Curses of London 202: Who the h[ell] would take notice of a w[hore] kicking the bucket?|
|Harrovians 197: Who the hell are you? You’re only a priv on sufferance.|
|Little Caesar (1932) 22: Who the hell’s Villa?|
|Prison Days and Nights 29: Who the hell is So-and-So that he should have all that power?|
|Amboy Dukes 9: Who the hell is asking you?|
|Little Sister 26: Who the hell are you?|
|World of Paul Slickey Act II: You may not have the prowess but who’s the hell to guess.|
|Proud Highway (1997) 216: Who the hell is he engaged to?letter 25 May in|
|Sir, You Bastard 60: Who the bloody hell are you?|
|Guardian Sport 8 Jan. 16: Who the bleedin’ ’ell are you?|
|Guardian Rev. 7 Jan. 14: So, who the hell are they?|