what with one thing and another

what with one thing and another
what with one thing and another phrase
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.

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Main entry: thing

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(what) with one thing and another
informal
— used to say that you have been very busy doing or dealing with many things

What with one thing and another, I have very little free time.

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Main Entry:thing

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • (what) with one thing and another — (what) with ˌone thing and aˈnother idiom (informal) because you have been busy with various problems, events or things you had to do • I completely forgot her birthday, what with one thing and another. Main entry: ↑thingidiom …   Useful 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

  • with one thing and another — (what) with one thing and another informal used to say that you have been very busy doing or dealing with many things What with one thing and another, I have very little free time. • • • Main Entry: ↑thing …   Useful english dictionary

  • one thing and another — informal used to cover various unspecified matters, events, or tasks what with one thing and another she hadn t had much sleep recently …   Useful english dictionary

  • thing — W1S1 [θıŋ] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(idea/action/feeling/fact)¦ 2¦(object)¦ 3¦(situation)¦ 4¦(nothing)¦ 5¦(person/animal)¦ 6¦(make a comment)¦ 7 the thing is 8 the last thing somebody wants/expects/needs etc 9 last thing …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • thing — [ θıŋ ] noun count *** ▸ 1 object/item ▸ 2 action/activity ▸ 3 situation/event ▸ 4 fact/condition ▸ 5 aspect of life ▸ 6 idea/information ▸ 7 something not specific ▸ 8 someone/something young you like ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) an object or ITEM. This… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • thing — [[t]θɪ̱ŋ[/t]] ♦ things 1) N COUNT: usu with supp You can use thing to refer to any object, feature, or event when you cannot, need not, or do not want to refer to it more precisely. What s that thing in the middle of the fountain? Some kind of… …   English dictionary

  • thing — /TIN/ noun 1 IDEA/ACTION/FEELING/FACT (C) anything that you can think of as a single item, for example an idea, an action, a feeling, or a fact: The important thing is for us to tell the truth. | What a stupid thing to do. | A horrible thing… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • thing */*/*/ — UK [θɪŋ] / US noun Word forms thing : singular thing plural things 1) [countable] an object, or an item. This word is used when you cannot or do not want to refer to the object or item in a more specific way What s that thing over there on the… …   English dictionary

  • what — [[t](h)wɒ̱t[/t]] ♦ (Usually pronounced [[t](h)wɒt[/t]] for meanings 2, 4, 5 and 18.) 1) QUEST You use what in questions when you ask for specific information about something that you do not know. What do you want?... What did she tell you,… …   English dictionary

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