what gives?

idiom

Definition of what gives?

informal
used to ask the reason for something You've been acting weird all week. What gives?

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“What gives?.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/what%20gives%3F. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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