What's the matter with (one)?

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What's the matter with (one)?

1. What is going on with one? What is wrong or the problem with one? What's the matter with Sarah? She's been in a foul mood all day. What's the matter with him? All I said was "Good luck in your new job" and he burst into tears!
2. Used to indicate disapproval of or disgust with one's words, actions, or behavior. We finally get invited to a nice dinner party and you have to go and act the fool—what's the matter with you? A: "I heard she got fired for cheating the company out of nearly $20,000." B: "Seriously, what's the matter with her? She gets paid a ludicrous amount of money as it is!" I can't believe I said something so stupid during my interview. God, what's the matter with me?
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