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English definition of “in God's/heaven's name”

in God's/heaven's name

(also in the name of God/heaven)
used to add force to something that is said. Some people might find the use of 'God' offensive: What in God's name caused that outburst? Why in the name of God didn't you tell me sooner?
(Definition of in God's/heaven's name from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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