who the devil...? phr.
a general interrogatory intensifier; a var. on what the devil...? phr.
|Soldier’s Fortune II i: Smooth rogue! who the devil is this fellow?|
|Squire of Alsatia I i: Who the devil would have thought this put durst have drawn a sword?|
|Busy Body III i: Who the Devil lives here?|
|Penkethman’s Jests 18: Who the devil expected Set Forms in a Meeting-house.|
|Roderick Random (1979) 54: Who the devil are you?|
|Homer Travestie (1764) I 60: But who the d—l durst say no, Since angry Jove would have it so.|
|Paved with Gold 156: Who the devil’s that French fellow?|
|Knocknagow 229: An’ who the divil cares what you or the likes of you agree with?|
|Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 309: ‘Who the devil’s Hazel?’ thundered Ally.|