What brings you (around) here?

What brings you (around) here?

For what reason are you here? The word "you" is often emphasized, especially if the person's arrival or appearance is unexpected. What brings you around here, Tom? I feel like I haven't seen you in years. A: "Well, what brings you here today?" B: "I wanted to inquire about setting up a savings account for my son."
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What brings you here?

Fig. What is your reason for being here? (A polite request for this information. More polite than "Why are you here?") Tom: Hello, Mary. What brings you here? Mary: I was invited, just like you. Doctor: Well, John, what brings you here? John: I've had this cough for nearly a month, and I think it needs looking into.
See also: bring, what
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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