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Now what?and What now?
Inf. What is going to happen now?; What kind of new problem has arisen? The phone rang again, and Tom said, rising from the chair, "Now what?" Bob: There's a serious problem—sort of an emergency—in the mail room. Sue: What now? Bob: They're out of stamps or something silly like that.
1 (also what is it ˈnow?) used when you are annoyed because somebody is always asking questions or interrupting you: ‘Yes, but Dad...’ ‘Now what?’
2 used to say that you do not know what to do next in a particular situation: Well, that idea didn’t work. Now what?
interrog. What is wrong now? I ran into the room and stopped in front of Tom. “Now what?” asked Tom.