What's wrong?


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What's wrong (with someone or something)?

1. What is going on (with someone or something)? What is the problem (with someone or something)? Hey, what's wrong? You look distressed. What's wrong with this computer? It keeps turning off all on its own. What's wrong with Sarah? She's been in a foul mood all day.
2. Used rhetorically to indicate that someone else is corrupt, immoral, mentally unstable, etc. What on earth is wrong with these people that they could commit such awful crimes? So you just took the money for yourself, even though you knew it would destroy other people's lives? What's wrong with you?
See also: someone, wrong
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What's wrong?

There is something wrong here. What has happened? Mary: Oh, good grief! Bill: What's wrong? Mary: I forgot to feed the cat. Sue (crying): Hello, Sally? Sally: Sue, what's wrong? Sally: Oh, nothing. Tom left me.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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