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heck

1 [hek]
interjection
1.
(used as a mild expression of annoyance, rejection, disgust, etc.): What the heck do you care?
noun
2.
something remarkable of its kind (usually used in the phrase heck of a ): That was a heck of an impressive speech. Have one heck of a good time.
Idioms
3.
as heck, (used as a mild intensifier): I say he's guilty as heck.

Origin:
1850–55; euphemistic alteration of hell

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heck1 (hɛk)
 
interj
a mild exclamation of surprise, irritation, etc
 
[C19: euphemistic for hell]

heck2 (hɛk)
 
n
dialect (Northern English) a frame for obstructing the passage of fish in a river
 
[C14: variant of hatch²]

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heck
euphemistic alteration of hell, first recorded 1865.
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