what do you know, (well)

(well) what do you know

A phrase used to indicate one's surprise upon discovering something. Hey, what do you know—we have chocolate chips in the cabinet after all. Well, what do you know! It says here that my ancestors first came to this country in 1857! John managed to get the job after all? Well, what do you know.
See also: know, what
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what do you know, (well)

What a surprise. This expression, which often precedes an ironic announcement of some kind, has been around since the turn of the twentieth century. Robert Benchley used it in his “Watching a Spring Planting” (in Love Conquers All, 1923): “Hey, what do you know? Steve here thinks he’s going to get some corn up in this soil!”
See also: what
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