be the matter
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.
be the matter (with someone or something)
To be the source of someone's or something's displeasure, problems, or difficulty. What's the matter? You look upset. Is something the matter with the washing machine? It's making a strange noise
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
be the ˈmatter (with somebody/something)be the reason for unhappiness, pain, problems, etc: What’s the matter, Gail? You look ill. ♢ John’s been very quiet recently. I wonder if there’s anything the matter with him. ♢ Don’t worry, there’s nothing the matter. ♢ There’s something the matter with this radio. It’s stopped working.
See also: matter
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017