For what purpose or reason, why, as in I know you're going to England, but what for? [Mid-1700s]
A punishment or scolding, as in You'll get what for from Mom if she catches you smoking, or The teacher really gave Bud what for. [Colloquial; second half of 1800s]
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Sands was involved in a scandalous-for-the-time romance with the carpenter and there were rumors she was pregnant with his child.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
There was no mistaking this for the gaudiness and gilt of made-for-TV awards shows.
Given the potential for a cyber tit-for-tat to escalate, Obama has even more incentive to find a diplomatic solution.
Twenty-five more for-profits are on well on their way to doing the same thing.
Will Christian pharmacists, county clerks, florists, and for-profit wedding chapels really withdraw from society, as you describe?Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around|Jay Michaelson|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The result of this stock-taking shows that eleven volumes were unaccounted-for, a list of which is appended.
At this stock-taking the number unaccounted-for is twenty-two, several of which are quite recent accessions to the Library.
Edna's desire to see Mademoiselle Reisz had increased tenfold since these unlooked-for obstacles had arisen to thwart it.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Coals!what would he do with coals?Toast his cheese with em, and then come back for more.
Ay, murmured the sick woman, relapsing into her former drowsy state, what about her?what aboutI know!