on earth
phrasal — used as an intensive <
to find out what on earth he was up to — Michael Holroyd
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • On earth — Earth Earth ([ e]rth), n. [AS. eor[eth]e; akin to OS. ertha, OFries. irthe, D. aarde, OHG. erda, G. erde, Icel. j[ o]r[eth], Sw. & Dan. jord, Goth. a[=i]r[thorn]a, OHG. ero, Gr. ?, adv., to earth, and perh. to E. ear to plow.] 1. The globe or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • on earth — ► on earth used for emphasis: what on earth are you doing? Main Entry: ↑earth …   English terms dictionary

  • on earth — See: IN THE WORLD …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on earth — See: IN THE WORLD …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on earth — adverb used with question words to convey surprise what on earth are you doing? * * * used for emphasis who on earth would venture out in weather like this? * * * on earth 1 : in the world It s the tallest building on earth. She said she wouldn t …   Useful english dictionary

  • on earth — 1) used for emphasizing that someone or something is the best, worst, biggest etc in the world The Great Wall is the largest man made structure on earth. 2) nothing/nowhere etc on earth used for adding emphasis to negative statements Nothing on… …   English dictionary

  • on earth — in any conditions. What on earth makes you say that? Why on earth would she ask you to join them? How on earth did you survive the heat? Who on earth would want to collect rocks? Where on earth could Casey have learned such behavior? Usage notes …   New idioms dictionary

  • on\ earth — • in the world • on earth adv. phr. informal Of all possible things; ever. Usually used for emphasis after words that ask questions, as who , why , what , etc. Where in the world did you find that necktie? The boys wondered how on earth the mouse …   Словарь американских идиом

  • on earth — used for emphasis: what on earth are you doing? → earth …   English new terms dictionary

  • on earth — adverb Expletive used for emphasis after an interrogative word. Why on earth did that comet come by so soon? Syn: in Gods name, in hell, in the hell, in the world, the Devil, the dickens, the heck, the hell …   Wiktionary

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