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What with "What with..."? [Question on English language].

Asked by rebbel (23543 points ) February 20th, 2013

In the following sentence there is the “What with…” that I have a question about: ”...the phone is a little uncomfortable to hold after extended use, what with those sharp corners pressing into your palms. ”
To me they sound as “could not be anything else” or “obviously”.
But how did ‘they’ come to this?
Is there anybody that can explain this little thing to me?
What is it with What with…?

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