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English definition of “what, how, why, etc. in the world”

what, how, why, etc. in the world

used to emphasize your surprise when asking a question: What in the world are you doing in the cupboard? Who in the world could do such a thing?Question words and expressions
(Definition of what, how, why, etc. in the world from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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