What gives?

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - What gives?

"What gives?"

a question used to ask when you aren't sure why someone is doing something or acting a certain way


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - What gives?

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I need to get this report ready. Where is your contribution?

Colleague 2:  I don't have it ready yet.

Colleague 1What gives?  You said you would have it ready yesterday.

Colleague 2:  I ran into some difficulties. Sorry. It'll be ready by the end of the day.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - What gives?

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1What gives? What happened to you last night? I waited in the restaurant for an hour but you didn't show up.

Friend 2:  I got a call from my family that my grandmother was dying so I had to rush to the hospital.

Friend 1:  Sorry to hear that. You couldn't have given me a call?

Friend 2:  Sorry.

What gives? - Usage:


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What gives? - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for What gives?

What gives? - Examples:

1)  What gives? Have we been too blinded by headlines to see the bigger picture?

2)  ... it sounds like going off-book had the opposite effect on your spirits. So what gives? Was the experience of discovery richer when it happened in print?

3)  Yet this shelter system is somehow a source of wealth. What gives?  I can not understand why the ALP is not running TV ads using ...

4)  ... announced monster first-quarter results, yet its stock has barely budged. What gives? Isn't it Canada's best example of successful retail in this country?

5)  Many more are finding it hard to achieve any type of measurable success. What gives? Is it possible that modern life is simultaneously affording us with more opportunities for ...

6)  Huh! That's a $2 billion difference. What gives?  The solution to this puzzle is all in how you calculate the market ...

7)  So what gives? We can always count on Kelly finding a way to butcher something. 

8)  ... leading candidate won in the polls only 61 percent of the time.  What gives? A lot of primaries and caucuses were lopsided this year, ...

9)  ... huge and should have supported the Aussie and driven it higher. So what gives?

10)  Seriously, what gives? It's Round 12 and there hasn't even been a tent community of ...

11)  ... there is no significant other by their side. What gives? Some, like Modi, have tried to spin their single status into ...

12)  Expensive US stocks have beaten cheap emerging markets, for example. So what gives? Is value investing broken? Probably not. 

13)  the Queen of Pop has been antagonizing fellow celebrities with her brash actions. What gives? Today, The Inquisitr peers into the life of the career woman who ...

14)  ... likes of me are the ones who have let him down. So, what gives? A few days ago, I turned to him yet again with my ...

15)  But then he doesn't return your call for days afterwards. What gives?

16)  ... hot is best, cold is OK and lukewarm is repugnant. What gives? How do we make sense of this?

17)  ... meals brimming with healthy ingredients. But you're still not losing weight. What gives?

18)  ... after they start treating their diabetes, they needed their glasses again. What gives?

19)  But Subban missed the team's final 14 games. What gives? Was Subban really unable to play or was he on the outs with the ...

20)  But if almost all newspapers did not report the news, what gives? What benefit was bandied about to prevent the publication of a story as newsworthy ...