be the matter
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be the matter (with someone or something)
To be a source of displeasure, problems, or difficulty. What's the matter? You look upset. Is something the matter with the washing machine? It's making a strange noise
be the ˈmatter (with somebody/something)be the reason for unhappiness, pain, problems, etc: What’s the matter, Gail? You look ill. ♢ John’s been very quiet recently. I wonder if there’s anything the matter with him. ♢ Don’t worry, there’s nothing the matter. ♢ There’s something the matter with this radio. It’s stopped working.
See also: matter