What's (up) with (something)?(redirected from what's up with this)
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What's (up) with (something)?
1. What is the meaning or purpose of the something; why is something happening or the case? What's with these tiny portions? For how much the food costs, I was expecting to get a bit more on the plate. We've been waiting to hear what's up company's new expansion plan.
2. What is wrong with something? Hey, what's with your computer? The screen just keeps flashing when I turn it on.
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What's with someone or something?
Why is someone or something in that condition?; What's going on with someone or something? Mary: What's with Tom? He looks depressed. Bill: He broke up with Sally. "What's with this stupid coffee maker? It won't get hot!" groused Alice.
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Also, what's up with; what gives with. What is going on with; tell me about or explain it. For example, What's with all the food they're giving away? or What's up with Lee these days? or What gives with Jack? Why is he so glum? This idiom is also sometimes used as a substitute for how are you or what's wrong, as in Hi, Pam, what's with you? or What gives with you-why are you yelling? [Colloquial; c. 1940]
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what’s with something?(American English, spoken) used to ask the reason for something: What’s with all this walking? Can’t we take a cab?
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