What does the phrase "for the heck of it" mean?

For example, I just found this in a book:

— I just dusted the dining room for the heck of it!
— How thoughtful of you!

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It's a minced oath version of "for the hell of it" which means without a particular reason, typically done for fun or enjoyment (fun and enjoyment being presumably things you would go to hell for).

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    Heck may be freely substituted for hell in any idiom. BTW, "minced oath" is a 19th century term and means nothing to most English speakers; the modern one is Euphemism, which is probably not in most vocabularies, either, but has the benefit of being widely used and searchable. – John Lawler Apr 30 '13 at 21:53
  • What is wrong with idioms.thefreedictionary.com/for+the+heck+of+it The OP asked for the meaning, not a hypernym. – Kris May 1 '13 at 5:35

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