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what with

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.
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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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

what with

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]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

what with

because 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.
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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.
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what with

Taking into consideration; because of: It's strange we can't find a cab, what with so many hotels nearby.
See also: what
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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