what's (all) this/that in aid of?

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Definition of what's (all) this/that in aid of?

British, informal
used to ask about the purpose of something
  • "What's all this rushing about in aid of, then?" "We're trying to get things ready for the boss's visit."

Word by Word Definitions

what play
  1. used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of an object or matter

  2. often used to ask for repetition of an utterance or part of an utterance not properly heard or understood

  3. : who

  1. : why

  2. : in what respect : how

  1. used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of a person, object, or matter

  2. : how remarkable or striking for good or bad qualities

  3. : whatever

all play
  1. : the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

  2. : as much as possible

  3. : every member or individual component of

  1. : wholly, quite

  2. : selected as the best (as at a sport) within an area or organization

  3. : only, exclusively

  1. : the whole number, quantity, or amount : totality

  2. used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness

  3. : everybody, everything

  1. : the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

  1. : other : different : atypical

  2. : isomeric form or variety of (a specified chemical compound)

  3. : being one of a group whose members together constitute a structural unit especially of a language

aid play
  1. : to provide with what is useful or necessary in achieving an end

  2. : to give assistance

  1. : the act of helping someone

  2. : help given : assistance

  3. : aide

of play of?
  1. used as a function word to indicate a point of reckoning

  2. used as a function word to indicate origin or derivation

  3. used as a function word to indicate the cause, motive, or reason

  1. : have


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