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what's the matter

What is the difficulty or problem? What troubles or ails you? For example, You look upset-what's the matter? or Can you tell me what's the matter with my car? This idiom uses matter in the sense of "the essence of something," in this case a problem. It was first recorded in 1469. Also see what's with.
See also: matter
References in classic literature ?
The old man had quite an elaborate theory concern- ing the matter.
Amazingly, only 5 percent of the matter in the universe is observable as Earth, other planets, the sun, the stars, and debris.
Several delegates and table groups argued that if same-sex blessings are a matter of doctrine, then the nationally-representative General Synod should decide the matter, not individual dioceses.
We ask/what's the matter, seeking concern/not equations, and desire/answers that deserve our time.
In the Matter of Zbinden, 80 Federal Reserve Bulletin 360, 361 (1994).
If in the accountant's judgment management does not respond appropriately within a reasonable period of time, he or she should inform the audit committee of the matter as soon as practicable.
Based on rapid growth and success in 2006, the Matter Providence office will move to a new, larger space in February 2007.
The matter separation caused by the collision is "mind-boggling," says cosmologist Michael Turner of the University of Chicago.
Cigar's chances of winning a record 17th straight race, already a 1-5 near-sure thing on the early line for the Pacific Classic, grew stronger when Soul of the Matter broke down in a workout here Wednesday morning.
In addition to his many client-related activities, Andy currently manages the Matter Communications Providence office.
Then, it cooled and differentiated into a host of particles, including the protons and neutrons in all the matter that now exists (SN: 8/26/00,p.
Those two horses staged matching rallies, Alphabet Soup and Chris Antley swooping past leaders Dare and Go and Patio de Naranjos from the outside and Soul of the Matter and Gary Stevens surging through at the rail on the second turn.
Item 4 requires the approval of a simple majority of the shares voted on the matter, but such approval must include at least one-third of the shares voted by shareholders who do not have a personal interest in the matter (unless the total shares of non-interested shareholders voted against the matter does not represent more than one percent of the outstanding shares).