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English definition of “what with one thing and another”

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what with one thing and another

informal
You say what with one thing and another when you want to explain that the reason you have failed to do something is because you have been very busy: What with one thing and another, I forgot to phone you yesterday.
Translations of “what with one thing and another”
in Chinese (Traditional) 因為事情一件接著一件,因為忙得不可開交…
in Chinese (Simplified) 因为事情一个接着一个,因为忙得不可开交…
(Definition of what with one thing and another from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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