what with

what with
preposition
Etymology: what (II)

what with summertime it was still broad daylight when, around half past eight, I entered the big living room — Valentine Williams

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what with
Because of, considering
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Main Entry:what

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what with spoken phrase
used when you are giving a number of reasons for a particular situation or problem

The police are having a difficult time, what with all the drugs and violence on our streets.

Thesaurus: ways of explaining or clarifyinghyponym to make something easier to understandsynonym
Main entry: what

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because of (used usually to introduce several causes of something)

what with the drought and the neglect, the garden is in a sad condition

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what with
— used to introduce the part of a sentence that indicates the cause of something

What with the freezing temperatures, they nearly died.

What with school and sports, she's always busy.

Things have been difficult for him lately, what with his wife's illness and all.

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Main Entry:what
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what with — see what, 3
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Main Entry:with

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  • what with — {prep.} Because; as a result of. * /I couldn t visit you, what with the snowstorm and the cold I had./ * /What with dishes to wash and children to put to bed, mother was late to the meeting./ Compare: ON ACCOUNT OF …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • what with — {prep.} Because; as a result of. * /I couldn t visit you, what with the snowstorm and the cold I had./ * /What with dishes to wash and children to put to bed, mother was late to the meeting./ Compare: ON ACCOUNT OF …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • what\ with — prep. Because; as a result of. I couldn t visit you, what with the snowstorm and the cold I had. What with dishes to wash and children to put to bed, mother was late to the meeting. Compare: on account of …   Словарь американских идиом

  • what with — adverb Owing to; because of; as a result of. She was sleeping very badly these days, what with the new baby and all the activity surrounding him …   Wiktionary

  • what with — because, as a result of We wanted to go away for a holiday but what with the move to a new building and the expansion we are too busy to go anywhere …   Idioms and examples

  • what with — spoken used when you are giving a number of reasons for a particular situation or problem The police are having a difficult time, what with all the drugs and violence on our streets …   English dictionary

  • what with one thing and another — used for referring to many different events in a way that is not specific. You use this expression in order to explain why something did or did not happen What with one thing and another, I didn t get home until after midnight …   English dictionary

  • what with — because of. → what …   English new terms dictionary

  • what with — Partly, in part …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • What — What, pron., a., & adv. [AS. hw[ae]t, neuter of hw[=a] who; akin to OS. hwat what, OFries. hwet, D. & LG. wat, G. was, OHG. waz, hwaz, Icel. hvat, Sw. & Dan. hvad, Goth. hwa. [root]182. See {Who}.] [1913 Webster] 1. As an interrogative pronoun,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • What ho — What What, pron., a., & adv. [AS. hw[ae]t, neuter of hw[=a] who; akin to OS. hwat what, OFries. hwet, D. & LG. wat, G. was, OHG. waz, hwaz, Icel. hvat, Sw. & Dan. hvad, Goth. hwa. [root]182. See {Who}.] [1913 Webster] 1. As an interrogative… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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