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what do you think you're doing? | what are you doing?

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This page is about the conversational phrase what do you think you're doing? | what are you doing?

Meaning

You can say this if you see someone doing something they shouldn't be doing.

For example

  • I caught my brother reading my diary. "What do you think you're doing?" I yelled.

  • When Ben's Mum saw him eating snacks, she said, "What are you doing? The doctor told you not to eat that stuff!"

Note:
Mostly used as rhetorical questions, as are similar phrases like "Where do you think you're going?", "Who do you think you're kidding?", "Who do you think you are?", etc.

Quick Quiz

If someone says "What do you think you're doing?", they

a. think you're doing something wrong

b. would like to be doing it with you

c. want to know what you're doing

Contributor: Matt Errey