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Idioms for what
- why: What are you doing that for? You want that package now? What for?
- Older Use: Informal. a punishment or scolding: If he stays out late again, his parents are going to give him what for!
Origin of what
usage note for what
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British Dictionary definitions for what it takes
- used with a noun in requesting further information about the identity or categorization of somethingwhat job does he do?
- (as pronoun)what is her address?
- (used in indirect questions)does he know what man did this?; tell me what he said
- the (person, thing, persons, or things) thatwe photographed what animals we could see
- (as pronoun)bring me what you've written; come what may
- for what purpose? why?
- informal a punishment or reprimand (esp in the phrase give (a person) what for)
- what would happen if?
- what difference would it make if?
Word Origin for what
usage for what
Idioms and Phrases with what it takes (1 of 2)
The necessary expertise or qualities, as in She's got what it takes to make a good doctor, or Inherited wealth is what it takes to maintain that lifestyle. This idiom uses what in the sense of “that which” and take in the sense of “require.” 
Idioms and Phrases with what it takes (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with what
- what about
- what do you know
- what do you take me for?
- what for
- what gives
- what goes around comes around
- what have you
- what if
- what in the world
- what is more
- what it takes
- what makes one tick
- what of it?
- what the hell
- what with
- come what may
- for all one is (what it's) worth
- get what's coming to one
- it's (what) a zoo
- just what the doctor ordered
- know the score (what's what)
- left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing
- no matter (what)
- on earth, what
- or what?
- practice what you preach
- sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, what's
- so what
- where's (what's) the beef?
- you know something (you know what)