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What's the problem?

1. What is the issue? What is it that's proving to be problematic or difficult? A: "Yes, hello, what's the problem?" B: "Sorry to disturb you at this hour, ma'am, but the reactor is reaching critical status."
2. Used rhetorically to imply that the issue brought up by the other person is not actually problematic. A: "You do know that this move will alienate some of our customer base, right?" B: "And? What's the problem? Any business we lose from old customers will be made up for tenfold in the expansion."
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What's the problem?

 
1. Lit. What problem are you presenting to me? Bill (coming in): I need to talk to you about something. Tom: What's the problem, Bill? "What's the problem?" said Mary, peering at her secretary over her glasses.
2. Inf. a question asking what the problem is and implying that there should not be a problem. Child (crying): He hit me! Father: What's the problem? Child: He hit me! Father: Are you hurt? Child: No. Father: Then stop crying. Bob: Hi, Fred. Fred: What's the problem? Bob: There's no problem. Why do you ask? Fred: I've had nothing but problems today.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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