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"Hell" spelled out, referring to the fact that lowercase "l" looks like a toothpick.


HE-double-toothpicks (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic, euphemistic) Hell.

Usage notes[edit]

May be spelled with varying levels of hyphen usage.

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  • 1982: Peter W. Davis, Hometown
    Yet you try it out and the gimpy ones will scream H-E double toothpicks about Social Security in their golden years, which I want to tell them I need some security right now or I'm not going to have any golden years.
  • 1999: Chip Ward, Canaries on the Rim: Living Downwind in the West
    Rural Mormons like my friend do not use the "H word" lightly. They say "HE double toothpicks" rather than pronounce the word out loud.
  • 2002: Christopher Breen, Mac 911
    When they do, all kinds of h-e-double-toothpicks can ensue—including a mac that freezes during the startup process.