what for

what for
Synonyms and related words:
ass-reaming, bawling-out, castigation, chastening, chastisement, chewing, condign punishment, correction, cussing-out, deserts, disciplinary measures, discipline, dressing, dressing-down, excuse, explanation, ferule, for which, for why, from what cause, going-over, how come, infliction, jacking-up, judgment, judicial punishment, nemesis, on what account, pains, pains and punishments, pay, payment, penal retribution, penalty, penology, pourquoi, pretense, pretext, punishment, punition, raking-down, rational ground, rationale, reaming, reaming-out, reason, reason for, reason why, retribution, retributive justice, roasting, scourge, setdown, speaking-to, stated cause, talking-to, the big idea, the idea, the whatfor, the wherefore, the why, underlying reason, well-deserved punishment, wherefore, why, whyever, whyfor

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  • what\ for — I. interrog. For what reason; why? I told Mary what I was going to town for. What are you running for? Often used alone as a question. Billy s mother told him to wear his hat. What for? he asked. Compare: how come II. n. phr. informal A scolding …   Словарь американских идиом

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  • what for — spoken 1) used for asking the reason for something I need to have your name and address . What for? what ... for: What did you hit him for? 2) informal old fashioned if you give someone what for, you punish them If I catch that boy in my garden… …   English dictionary

  • what for(1) — {interrog.} For what reason; why? * /I told Mary what I was going to town for./ * /What are you running for?/ Often used alone as a question. * /Billy s mother told him to wear his hat. What for? he asked./ Compare: HOW COME …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • what for(1) — {interrog.} For what reason; why? * /I told Mary what I was going to town for./ * /What are you running for?/ Often used alone as a question. * /Billy s mother told him to wear his hat. What for? he asked./ Compare: HOW COME …   Dictionary of American idioms

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