(orig. US) to happen; usu. in phrs. below.
|Beach Red 79: Why in hell haven’t you been keeping me informed on what gives?|
|letter 10 July in Charters I (1995) 160: I don’t know what gives in California.|
|On the Waterfront (1964) 239: I gotta [...] sit down to find out what gives with me.|
|Big Rumble 120: If something gives we do the best we can with it.|
|in Sweet Daddy 79: I mean to find out what gives.|
|Union Dues (1978) 281: Paris [...] searching out the eyes of Schenk and Remington and Joel Pinkstaff as if to say what gives with you turkeys.|
1. (also what goes? what makes?) a general greeting.
|Pal Joey 133: What gives, I asked her.|
|Scholarly Mouse and other Tales 45: ‘What gives?’ he cried happily. ‘Lead me to a feed — I always work up an appetite in space.’.|
|Big Rumble 33: ‘What gives?’ the little guy mumbled, looking down over the bunk.|
|Slam the Big Door (1961) 82: ‘What makes?’ he asked.|
|(con. 1930s) Night People 66: What goes?|
|Indep. Rev. 12 Oct. 3: ‘Adrian!’ I cried. ‘What gives?’.|
|At End of Day (2001) 87: So I go in [...] and say to him, ‘What’s goin’ on?’ You know? ‘What gives?’.|
2. (also what’s giving? what goes?) as a query, what is going on? what is happening? thus what gives with —? how is —? what is going on with —?
|Everlasting Mercy 46: I hurled the bench into the settle, / I banged the table on the kettle [...] And as I ran I heard ’em call, / ‘Now damn to hell, what’s gone with Saul?’.|
|Kingsblood Royal (2001) 234: After ten – what gives?|
|Fowlers End (2001) 260: So what’s giving miv Daniels Copper? So what are they digging for?|
|Holy Smoke 30: When he hears all this corroboree going on [...] he says to some bloke who’s come outside for a couple of drags at a smoke, ‘What gives – the old man come up on the lottery or something?’.|
|Dress Gray (1979) 390: First you’re being watched, now there’s bugs in the phones. What gives?IV|
|Sweetwater Gunslinger 201 (1990) 209: Hey man. You look like a ghost. What gives?|
|Clockers 502: I mean, what gives here.|