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1. What do I or we do now? What is the solution or next step? OK, I'm at the intersection you told me about—now what? Well, now what? We rebooted the system, but we're still not getting any signal.
2. What new problem has presented itself now? "Oh, now what?" she muttered aloud when the alarm sounded for the third time.
3. What is it that you are annoying me about now? A: "Daddy?" B: "Now what? Can't you see that I'm trying to do work, Tammy?"
Now what?and What now?
Inf. What is going to happen now?; What kind of new problem has arisen? The phone rang again, and Tom said, rising from the chair, "Now what?" Bob: There's a serious problem—sort of an emergency—in the mail room. Sue: What now? Bob: They're out of stamps or something silly like that.
1 (also what is it ˈnow?) used when you are annoyed because somebody is always asking questions or interrupting you: ‘Yes, but Dad...’ ‘Now what?’
2 used to say that you do not know what to do next in a particular situation: Well, that idea didn’t work. Now what?
interrog. What is wrong now? I ran into the room and stopped in front of Tom. “Now what?” asked Tom.