what's all this/that?

What's all that about?

What is the meaning or purpose of the topic being discussed? A: "Jeff is still really mad at Jen." B: "Yeah, what's all that about? I thought they were best friends." Cross-country skiing perplexes me. I can understand the appeal of regular skiing, but skiing uphill? What's all that about?
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what's all this

What is the meaning behind this? Please explain why this is the case or if this is true. What's all this about the company laying off staff? I never approved anything like that! Tommy, what's all this I hear about you failing your science class?
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what’s all ˈthis/ˈthat (...)?

why is this/that happening?: What’s all this I hear about you wanting to leave?
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