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English definition of “what/where/how/why the devil”

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?Question words and expressions
(Definition of what/where/how/why the devil from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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