What gives?

What gives?

Inf. What happened?; What went wrong?; What's the problem? Bill: Hi, you guys. What gives? Bob: Nothing, just a little misunderstanding. Tom's a little angry. Bob: Where's my wallet? What gives? Tom: I think one of those roughnecks who just walked by us has borrowed it for a little while.
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what gives?

what's the news?; what's happening? (often used as a friendly greeting). informal
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what ˈgives?

(spoken, informal) what is happening?; what is the news?: I haven’t seen you for a few weeks! What gives?
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What gives?

interrog. What is going on?; What is happening? Hey! What gives? Who left this here?
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