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Due to; because of; taking (something) into consideration. I'm sorry, but I can't help you move this weekend, what with my bad back and all. What with the IRS audit and pressure from investors, I don't think we're in a position to be moving around funds like that right now.
what with something
because of something. What with the children being at home and my parents coming to stay, I have too much to do. The Smiths find it difficult to manage financially, what with Mr. Smith losing his job and Mrs. Smith being too ill to work.
Taking into consideration, because of, as in What with all you have to carry, we should take a taxi. This usage replaced the earlier what for. [c. 1600]
what withbecause of (used typically to introduce several causes of something).
1990 Rosamund Clay Only Angels Forget She's had a difficult life, what with my father skiving off when I was three and leaving her without a penny.
what with something(informal) because of something or a series of things: What with the weather and my bad leg, I haven’t been out for weeks. ♢ I haven’t had time to sit down, what with one thing and another.
Taking into consideration; because of: It's strange we can't find a cab, what with so many hotels nearby.