blue blazes

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blue blazes (uncountable)

  1. (informal) Elaboration or intensification of 'blazes', a euphemism for 'hell'.
    • 1932, Delos W. Lovelace, King Kong, published 1965, page 40:
      ‘I’m fit to be tied right now. I’d like to throw my cap up into the air and yell Blue Blazes.’
    What the blue blazes are you talking about?
    How in blue blazes am I supposed to do that?
    It's hot as blue blazes today.