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what's that got to do with it?

This page is about the conversational phrase what's that got to do with it?

Meaning

You can say this if someone mentions something that you think is irrelevant, esp. if it annoys or offends you.

For example

  • "Are you a member of a political party?"
    "What's that got to do with it? I just want a tourist visa."

  • "What religion is this girl, son?"
    "What's that got to do with it, Dad? I love her!"

Note:
This is an example of the formula "What's (sth) got to do with (sth)?"
Other examples include:
"What's his income got to do with it? He needs to see a doctor!"
"What's being gay got to do with it? He's a great player!"
"What's my religion got to do with anything?"

Quick Quiz

If someone says "What's that got to do with it?", they must think you've

a. said something irrelevant

b. said something important

c. said something interesting

Contributor: Matt Errey