what the hell

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what the hell

  1. It's not important, who cares, as in It cost a lot more, but what the hell, we can afford it. [Second half of 1800s] Also see what of it.

  2. An intensive of what, as in What the hell do you think you're doing? [First half of 1800s] Also see under on earth.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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