What-the-heck meaning

What the heck is a question you ask when you want to know why something occurred or what is going on.

An example of a time when you might say "what the heck" is when your teenage daughter comes in an hour after curfew. You could say "what the heck were you thinking?"

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(euphemistic) A "softer" way to say what the hell.
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What the heck is a question you ask when you want to know why something occurred or what is going on, especially if you suspect you aren't going to like the answer.

An example of a time when you might say “what the heck” is when your teenage daughter comes in an hour after curfew; You could say “What the heck were you thinking?”

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