One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to cover various unspecified matters or events.‘what with one thing and another she hadn't had much sleep recently’
- ‘He said: ‘Farmers, landowners and rural businesses of all types have had a rough time recently with one thing and another.’’
- ‘What with one thing and another, I don't think weddings have been high on my agenda in the past few months - at least that's my excuse.’
- ‘Between one thing and another (we both have lives in non-blogosphere reality) it's taken the better part of two months to iron out the bugs.’
- ‘There has been so much building here, we have been swamped by houses and one thing and another.’
- ‘She's not been at her best recently what with one thing and another (mostly as a result of having an idiot for a husband), so it's your job to cheer her up a bit.’
- ‘It's been quite a strenuous twenty-four hours, what with one thing and another.’
- ‘What with one thing and another, I've neglected to reply to Right Wing Film Geek's thoughtful reply to me.’
- ‘For the past year he's been in and out of hospital with one thing and another.’
- ‘I like my subject, but what with one thing and another I'm a bit overwhelmed here, and I could really do with some help.’
- ‘I think they're perfectly capable of cooperating here and there on one thing and another.’
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