what/who should someone see but

Definition of what/who should someone see but

  1. —used to say that someone is surprised to see something or someone I looked up and what should I see but a hummingbird right over my head. They were walking along when who should they see but Kim!

Word by Word Definitions

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

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

    :  who

  1. :  why

    :  in what respect :  how

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

    :  whatever

    :  any

shouldplay
  1. : past tense ofshall

    : used in auxiliary function to express condition

    : used in auxiliary function to express obligation, propriety, or expediency

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  to perceive by the eye

    :  to perceive or detect as if by sight

    :  to have experience of :  undergo

  1. :  cathedra

    :  a cathedral town

    :  a seat of a bishop's office, power, or authority


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