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What gives?

informal What is going on? What is the problem or issue? Hey, what gives? My computer just shut off on its own! OK, what gives, Sarah? You've been in a foul mood all day.
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What gives?

Inf. What happened?; What went wrong?; What's the problem? Bill: Hi, you guys. What gives? Bob: Nothing, just a little misunderstanding. Tom's a little angry. Bob: Where's my wallet? What gives? Tom: I think one of those roughnecks who just walked by us has borrowed it for a little while.
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what gives?

what's the news?; what's happening? (often used as a friendly greeting). informal
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what ˈgives?

(spoken, informal) what is happening?; what is the news?: I haven’t seen you for a few weeks! What gives?
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What gives?

interrog. What is going on?; What is happening? Hey! What gives? Who left this here?
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