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  • adv. For what reason; why.
  • n. An unspecified punishment or rebuke

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a strong reprimand


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  • Anson’s shrieks as she’d given him what for had roused the neighbors, and the neighbors had called the sheriff.

    Whispers At Midnight

  • But I once again wondered, was this a ploy of Sandra’s, using Spirit as an excuse for her inability to obtain what for skilled mediums is relatively straightforward information?

    The Sacred Promise

  • And so Didion felt a need to do what for her was, by her own admission, extremely difficult: go out and meet the world.

    The Unclosed Circle

  • Just listening to him, shot full of holes and chortling like a schoolboy, I could see Brooke on that rusty little steamer on Skrang river, slapping the table bright-eyed and urging us to sing, because we were only outnumbered a hundred to one by head-hunting pirates, and weren't we going to give 'em what for in the morning?

    Flashman and the Dragon

  • Nor do I mean to withdraw it, though the present state of your affairs, and what for some time past I have painfully observed of your precipitance, oblige me to add partial counsel to standing precept, and exhortation to advice.

    Camilla: or, A Picture of Youth

  • DEAR SIR, -- I have determined to make the subject of a letter, what for some time past, has been a subject of inquietude to my mind without having found a good occasion of disburthening itself to you in conversation, during the busy scenes which occupied you here.


  • A fine medical technician skilled in multiple species repair, Fifth-of-Medicine had been assigned to what for a Hivistahm constituted a forward battle position: emergency physiotech on a rear battle-control sled.

    The False Mirror


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