The Alternative Hebrew Dictionary: מה פתאום

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מה פתאום 〈mh pţʼwm〉
adverb: {{he-adv}}
  1. (informal) why for what cause, reason{{,}} or purpose
Synonyms: לָמָּה 〈lámá̇h〉,‎ מַדּוּעַ 〈maḋẇʻa〉 (both not informal)
interjection: {{he-interj}}
  1. What the heck?
  2. (in response to a yes/no question) Of course not; what are you thinking?
Synonyms: (of course not) וְעוֹד אֵיךְ 〈wĕʻwòd ʼéykĕ〉

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