have to do with

have to do with
phrasal
1. : to deal with

the story has to do with real people — Current Biography

2. : to have a specified relationship with or effect on

refused to have anything to do with his own relatives — Roald Dahl

the size of the brain has nothing to do with intelligence — Ruth Benedict

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have to do with
To have any sort of connection with
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Main Entry:do
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have to do with see under ↑do1
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Main Entry:have

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have to do with
1 or chiefly Brit be to do with
1 a : to relate to (something) : to be about (something)

The problem has to do with fishing rights. = (chiefly Brit) The problem is to do with fishing rights.

“What does her husband do?” “I think it has something to do with computers.” = “I think it's got something to do with computers.” [=it involves computers in some way]

1 b : to relate to or involve (someone)

That's your problem: it has nothing to do with me! = (chiefly Brit) It's nothing to do with me! [=it doesn't involve me in any way; it's not my problem]

You're wrong. It's got everything to do with you: you're legally responsible for what went wrong.

2 : to be involved in or in some way responsible for (something)

He claims that he had nothing to do with the accident. = He claims that he didn't have anything to do with the accident. [=that he was not involved in the accident]

He claims he wasn't involved, but I know he had something to do with it.

3
◇ If you do not want to have anything to do with someone or if you want nothing to do with someone, you do not want to be involved with that person in any way.

She thinks he's a liar and she refuses to have anything to do with him. [=she refuses to talk to him, to see him, etc.]

After the way he's treated me, I want nothing (further) to do with him. = I don't want (to have) anything (further) to do with him.

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Main Entry:do
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have to do with — see do, 1
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Main Entry:have

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  • have to do with — {v. phr.} 1. To be about; be on the subject of or connected with. * /The book has to do with airplanes./ 2. To know or be a friend of; work or have business with. Usually used in negative sentence. * /Tom said he didn t want to have anything to… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • have to do with — {v. phr.} 1. To be about; be on the subject of or connected with. * /The book has to do with airplanes./ 2. To know or be a friend of; work or have business with. Usually used in negative sentence. * /Tom said he didn t want to have anything to… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • have to do with — phrasal 1. to deal with < the story has to do with real people Alice M. Jordan > 2. to have a specified relationship with or effect on < the size of the brain has nothing to do with intelligence Ruth Benedict > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • have an affair with — {v. phr.} To have a sexual relationship with someone, either before marriage or outside of one s marriage. * /Tow and Jane had a long and complex affair but they never got married./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • have an affair with — {v. phr.} To have a sexual relationship with someone, either before marriage or outside of one s marriage. * /Tow and Jane had a long and complex affair but they never got married./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • have a way with — {v. phr.} To be able to lead, persuade, or influence. * /Dave has such a way with the campers that they do everything he tells them to do./ * /Ted will be a good veterinarian, because he has a way with animals./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • have a way with — {v. phr.} To be able to lead, persuade, or influence. * /Dave has such a way with the campers that they do everything he tells them to do./ * /Ted will be a good veterinarian, because he has a way with animals./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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