what with something

what with something
what with sth idiom
used to list the various reasons for sth

What with the cold weather and my bad leg, I haven't been out for weeks.

Main entry:whatidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • what does someone want with something? — phrase used for saying that you cannot understand why someone wants the thing mentioned What do you want with that old tyre? Thesaurus: ways of saying that you do not know or understandsynonym Main entry: want …   Useful english dictionary

  • what with — preposition Etymology: what (II) : on account of what with summertime it was still broad daylight when, around half past eight, I entered the big living room Valentine Williams * * * what with Because of, considering • • • Main Entry: ↑ …   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

  • what is something like? — what is someone/​something like? phrase used for asking about the qualities or features of a person or thing I haven’t met Alan – what’s he like? What was it like meeting Jill’s parents for the first time? She took Andrew with her to show him… …   Useful english dictionary

  • what's with something? — what s with sth? idiom (NAmE, informal) used to ask the reason for sth • What s with all this walking? Can t we take a cab? Main entry: ↑whatidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • live with something — live with (something) to accept something that is not exactly what you wanted. I m not earning much money, but I guess we re just going to have to live with it. This agreement isn t perfect but it s something I can live with …   New idioms dictionary

  • tell someone what to do with something — tv. to tell someone to do something rude with something. (With the unspoken notion that one should stick it up one’s ass.) □ I’ll tell you what you can do with it. □ If that’s the way he wants to be, you can just tell him what to do with it …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • in touch with something — in touch (with (something)) having recent knowledge about something. I try to keep in touch with the latest developments in the music scene. A president must stay in touch to know what citizens want or need. Opposite of: out of touch (with… …   New idioms dictionary

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