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English definition of “what with”

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what with

informal
C2 used to talk about the reasons for a particular situation, especially a bad or difficult situation: I'm very tired, what with travelling all day yesterday and having a disturbed night.
Translations of “what with”
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指糟糕或困難的局面)因為,由於…
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指糟糕或困难的局面)因为,由于…
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