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what with something

because of something. What with the children being at home and my parents coming to stay, I have too much to do. The Smiths find it difficult to manage financially, what with Mr. Smith losing his job and Mrs. Smith being too ill to work.
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what with

Taking into consideration, because of, as in What with all you have to carry, we should take a taxi. This usage replaced the earlier what for. [c. 1600]
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what with

because of (used typically to introduce several causes of something).
1990 Rosamund Clay Only Angels Forget She's had a difficult life, what with my father skiving off when I was three and leaving her without a penny.
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what with

Taking into consideration; because of: It's strange we can't find a cab, what with so many hotels nearby.
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