what with

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what with

  1. (idiomatic) Owing to; because of; as a result of.
    She was sleeping very badly these days, what with the new baby and all the activity surrounding him.

Usage note[edit]

  • Unlike its synonymous expression, what with is always preceded by a comma or used at the beginning of a sentence.

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