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hell, the

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hell, the

adverb phrase

(also bthe fuckc) Completely and immediately •A hostile


: The hell're we doing sitting here?/ Anybody who hasn't learned this yet had better grow the fuck up/ Kid, shut the fuck up 2 (Variations: deuce or devil or fuck or heck may replace hell; in God's name or in hell may replace the hell) In fact; really •Mainly used for rhythmic fullness in a hostile question: What the hell do you mean by that?/ What the deuce are you about, you blackguard?/ Tell me what the devil you have in mind/ How the fuck would he meet the taxes and pay so many salaries?

[1911+; probably derived from expressions of incredulity like ''in the world,'' which altered to ''in hell'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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