what the hell
Shortened from earlier what in the hell.
- (mildly vulgar, slang) An intensive form of what.
- What the hell is going on?
- (mildly vulgar, slang) Why not? or Who cares?
- It’s expensive, but what the hell, you only live once.
- Surprisingly, dieters ate more ice cream after eating a large milkshake than after eating a small one. Dr. Polivy calls this the “What the hell” effect, which she describes as thinking “What the hell, my diet’s already broken, so I might as well eat everything in sight.”
- Thought to be more vulgar in the US whilst less vulgar in the UK, Canada and Australia.
- See the hell
an intensive form of what