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English to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
English term or phrase:What gives? What gives?
The man – Nelson – is killing time at the office where he has just started to work. It’s evening. The boss – Jack -, and old acquaintance of him, left earlier that day, telling him to close at 6.30. Past six Jack gives the office a call, Nelson thinks with resentment, “He’s checking up on me.” Jack wants to know if anyone has stopped in. Nelson says no. “Well, that is all I wanted,” says the other, sounding relieved. Nelson tells him about customer’s call, Jack says, “I’ll take care of that tomorrow. You might as well close up now. It’s ten after six.” He – jack – hesitates. “In fact, I wish you would. As soon as you can. Just be sure the catch is on the door.”
“What gives? What gives?” murmurs Nelson aloud as he slips into his raincoat. He turns off the lights and steps out into to the corridor…
as far as I know “what gives” is something to close to “what’s up?” but that doesn’t seem to make sense in this context