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Say what?

1. Please repeat that, I couldn't hear or didn't understand it. A: "We're going to France this summer." B: "Say what?" A: "France! We're going to France this summer!" B: "Oh, sorry, I thought you said you were going to Fran's, as in my friend Fran from New Orleans."
2. That's ridiculous; that can't be true or correct. A: "John quit his job to be a clown in the circus." B: "Say what? But he was earning, like, $100,000 a year!"
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Say what?

Inf. What did you say?; Please repeat what you said. Sally: Would you like some more salad? Fred: Say what? Sally: Salad? Would you like some more salad? John: Put this one over there. Sue: Say what? John: Never mind, I'll do it.
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say ˈwhat?

(American English, spoken) used to express surprise at what somebody has just said: ‘He’s getting married.’ ‘Say what?’
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Say what?

interrog. What did you say? The old man held his hand to his ear and said, “Say what?”
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say what?

Did I hear you correctly? Is that true? This slangy expression, with the emphasis on what, dates from the second half of the twentieth century. Eric Partridge believed it originated in the “ghetto” but did not specify further.
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References in classic literature ?
For my soul and my tongue are really torpid, and I do not know how to answer you; and though I have been delivered of an infinite variety of speeches about virtue before now, and to many persons--and very good ones they were, as I thought--at this moment I cannot even say what virtue is.
He can't say what he thinks, without asking: Had the young woman any money?
(we will not at present say what transactions) with Kenge and Carboy's office, or was it a gentleman of your acquaintance?
"What we needed was people who could think," Parsons says, "who could understand what the problem was, formulate a solution and execute--as opposed to waiting around for me to come and say what to do."