Definitions

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  • interj. Used to express astonishment or incredulity, as a question or questioning of the situation at hand, without requiring any specific vulgarity as intensifier.

Etymologies

From various expressions such as what the hell by aposiopesis (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “Tell me again what the point of this little igloo-type thing might be?”

    Moon Dance

  • Cavorting with a potential witness, victim, or suspect was bad business, no matter what the cost of survival.

    Good Girl Gone Bad

  • When Soho Press challenged me, they had cleverly sent a photo of what the ring looked like by the Hudson as the sun set—a picture taken at the 2006 edition of Rumble by the River.

    The Double Life is Twice as Good

  • As one top researcher who prefers to speak off the record puts it, “If you are looking for what the big ‘ahas’ in autoimmune research are going to be in the next few years, you have to look at vaccines.”

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • Repetitive flares can leave one fearful—rather than hopeful—about what the next week, month, or years may hold.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • But that does not apply to the coalition's decision on which company wins the contract to build 1,200 Thameslink train carriages – there the truth is surely that the left hand knows perfectly well what the right is up to but could not give a stuff.

    Bombardier job losses: Train wreck | Editorial

  • Seeing her in the glasses, Manson had what the French would call a coup de foudre—his heart was pierced.

    The Double Life is Twice as Good

  • I doubt I said a word, but I did understand that my secret attraction to Mary Stuart Masterson was not what the family wanted.

    Dont You Forget About Me

  • What they were here for was to savour what the Sun would call a "Gotcha" moment when public ire has turned, not against MPs for once, but against their tormentors in the press, the people who expose their shortcomings or invent them and make their children cry.

    Michael White

  • The level of theobromine in such mulch varies greatly from brand to brand, and there's no way to tell, even if you know the brand, what the level is — it's not printed on the bag or available anywhere.

    Pet Talk: Beware of the cocoa bean mulch

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