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Meaning of “in God's/heaven's name” in the English Dictionary

"in God's/heaven's name" in British English

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in God's/heaven's name

(also in the name of God/heaven) used to ​addforce to something that is said. Some ​peoplefind 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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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