what the heck

  • winnie

    Senior Member
    italy, italian
    let's pretend that your little brother has stolen one of your favorite shirt, you see him wears the shirt and then ask him with upset tone:

    what the heck are you doing?

    in your question you point the attention to the fact that your brother has done something wrong and not correct because he had taken something without asking for.

    so heck is an euphemism for hell and is used as an intensive.

    i hope this will help you:)



    Senior Member
    what the heck! ; used to say that you will do something even though you really should not do it
    An other example : "It's rather expensive, but what the heck! "
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