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Example:

We are changing all the vehicles in the fleet, what with the new regulations and all...

How did that what sneak in there? What is it doing?

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The use of what in the expression what with is emphatic:

What with:

It is a construction in use in English since the Middle Ages: it means "in consequence of, on account of, as a result of; in view of, considering (one thing and another)". Centuries ago English people also said "What through..." and "What for..." which meant the same thing; but these expressions are now obsolete

(The Phrase Finder)

  • Does this really address the nub of the question? – Edwin Ashworth May 30 at 20:28

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