Definition What on earth

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Definition

What on earth are you talking about?: I have no idea what you're saying: please explain!
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Why on earth did you do that?: Why did you do that?
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How on earth did you get here so quickly?: How did you manage to get here so quickly?
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Examples

  • "How on earth did you get my home number?"
  • "Please allow me to respond to your question with a few questions of my own: why on earth are we wasting valuable work time by addressing such a completely ridiculous issue?"
  • "Why on earth do you want to do that?"
  • "What on earth are they fighting about?"
  • "Bruno : What on earth are you talking about?"
  • "Moira : Rupert, what on earth are you doing in a fishing boat?"

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