Meaning of “what/where/how/why the devil” in the English Dictionary

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"what/where/how/why the devil" in British English

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what/where/how/why the devil

old-fashioned informal

used to give emphasis to a question:

What the devil are you doing?
Where the devil have you been?

(Definition of “what/where/how/why the devil” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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