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what for

used for questioning the ​purpose of or ​reason for an ​action or ​plan: "We really need a ​biggercar." "What for? The one we have ​seemsbig enough to me."
(Definition of what for from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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what ... for?

why: What did you do that for? What are you ​emptying that ​cupboard for?
(Definition of what ... for? from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “what ... for?”
in Chinese (Simplified) 为什么?…
in Chinese (Traditional) 為甚麽?…
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