To have to do with


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To have to do with See under Do, v. t.
    • To have to do with to have concern, business or intercourse with; to deal with. When preceded by what, the notion is usually implied that the affair does not concern the person denoted by the subject of have.
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  • Artemus Ward
    Artemus Ward
    “Let us all be happy, and live within our means, even if we have to borrow the money to do it with.”
  • Richard Bach
    “Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. My advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.”
  • William Faulkner
    “Facts and truth really don't have much to do with each other.”
  • Sheryl Condie
    Sheryl Condie
    “A friend is someone you can be alone with and have nothing to do and not be able to think of anything to say and be comfortable in the silence.”
  • Lillian Hellman
    Lillian Hellman
    “Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?”


What does that have to do with the price of tea in China? - This idiom is often used when someone says something irrelevant to the topic being discussed.


In literature:

What have I to do with your kings?
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
I have sworn it shall be mine, and I will keep my oath, little such as I have to do with vows.
"Varney the Vampire" by Thomas Preskett Prest
We were all of opinion that personally we ought to have nothing to do with it.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
I do not wish you to have war with the Argives.
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
What are you going to do with the fretful old fellow you have with you?
"Lazarre" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
I have nothing to do with either happiness, or heaven having such prominent defects.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
All this about quarrels and having nothing to do with people was new to her.
"Mr. Pat's Little Girl" by Mary F. Leonard
She is the sweetest young lady to have to do with, Mr. Lionel!
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
I have nothing at all to do with it!
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
I got the talk, all right, but it didn't have a thing to do with topography or natural history.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
To those whose views are single and direct, it is a great comfort to have to do business with frank and honorable minds.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
He didn't want to have anything to do with him.
"Kate Bonnet" by Frank R. Stockton
Have nothing to do with him.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
We have made our calculations, and ascertained that we are able to do with two-thirds of our income.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
If, then, rote and red-tape have nothing to do with the one, why should they with the other?
"Selections from Previous Worksand Remarks on Romanes' Mental Evolution in Animals" by Samuel Butler
If you'll work I'll work with you; but if you're going into it with your hands in your pockets I'll have nothing to do with you.
"The Tragic Muse" by Henry James
Leaving Ragnar Lodbrok to his travels, let us take up the strange story of another fair maiden, who was to have much to do with his future life.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 9 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
I have promised my father and uncle to have nothing to do with him.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Do you have to go to the stable with him?
"The Forester's Daughter" by Hamlin Garland
They can not be brought to realize how much such trifles have to do with one's manner.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird

In poetry:

Whate'er is Born of Mortal Birth
Must be consumed with the Earth
To rise from Generation free:
Then what have I to do with thee?
"To Tirzah" by William Blake
Mother!—we have seen thee languish,
And have wept to hear thee sigh;
While, with pain and bitter anguish
We could do no more than cry.
"To My Mother—Letty Wallace" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
"See here," I said, "this game won't do.
We'll have to stop and think.
There's something wrong with me and you.
Let's go and have a drink."
"Another Fusion" by C J Dennis
HER. What have the meads to do with thee,
Or with thy youthful hours?
Live thou at court, where thou mayst be
The queen of men, not flowers.
"A Dialogue betwixt himself and Mistress Eliza Wheeler, under the name of Amarillis" by Robert Herrick
To my vows I have been true,
And in silence hid my anguish,
But I cannot promise too
What my love may make me do
While with her for whom I languish.
"Songs Set To Music: 8. Set" by Matthew Prior
In the Lover's eyes there gleamed
Radiance of all things dreamed--
"Nay, detain me not," he cried
"I am hasting to my bride;
What have roads to do with me,
Love's at home in Arcady!"
"To Arcady" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay

In news:

What does 'Redrum' have to do with hockey.
Many times, we find stories that have to do with bank robbers and their unique (and unsuccessful) ways to rob a bank.
Could it have anything to do with the possibility that were we to get a true measure of how these voucher students are performing, we'd see the voucher , er, scholarship, program as the boondoggle it may well be.
Swatting is when someone calls 911 to falsely report a tragic emergency having to do with a celebrity.
But so do thieves, and that has a lot to do with the rash of vehicle break-ins that have plagued our area this year.
The identity that used to come with an Andy Reid-led team has been compromised, and hubris may have something to do with it.
PUNXSUTAWNEY — Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council President Larry Chenoga said he has been working on a plan on how to better enforce borough codes that have to do with property maintenance.
Tell him the person he becomes is a stranger you have no desire to have anything to do with.
For a young religion, Mormonism seems to have more history than it knows what to do with.
But what do cavemen have to do with engineering.
Have you ever wondered what singing in front of people by yourself and hanging drywall have to do with each other.
So Paul today is looking at the issue of what to do with starting cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who have had their moments but have, overall, been disappointing.
If you have to deliver bad news to someone, do it with dignity.
If I have a plumbing problem I want the plumber that I'm doing business with to have some kind of credentials to show he knows what he's doing.
The Kendall Subaru Clearwater Snake Steelhead Derby is off to a slow start this week and local fishermen think it may have to do with steelhead count.

In science:

Before doing this, it will however be useful to slightly simplify the Dirichlet form we have to work with.
Sharp asymptotics for metastability in the random field Curie-Weiss model
The categories ({CG (X )≤w }, {CG(X )≥w })w∈Z constitute an s-structure on X if they satisfy a rather lengthy list of axioms given in [A], mostly having to do with Ext-vanishing conditions on closed subschemes.
Purity and decomposition theorems for staggered sheaves
All we have to do now is to label the faces of the canonical plabic graph with certain variables to define the initial seed.
$\LE$-diagrams and totally positive bases inside the nonnegative Grassmannian
The next two definitions have to do with higher topological field theories.
Higher dimensional algebras via colored PROPs
We do not impose this conditioning and so we do not have to deal with it.
Coloring Simple Hypergraphs
B → V T is an exception and may have to do with a very different hadronic structure of the tensor meson involved).
CP asymmetry in $B^{+}\to K^+\pi^{0}$ and New Physics
Doob transforms have to do with conditioning a process on its lifetime.
Random walks pertaining to a class of deterministic weighted graphs
Nevertheless, the point here is that these λ values, which mimics so perfectly well the quantum evolution of the above probabilities, in the absence of measurement, have nothing to do with the explanation of the quantum correlations which are behind the reported quantum violation of inequalities (7).
The fail of determinism and the limits of Bohm hidden variable theory
Even if I is a radical ideal and T (I ) a pure fan, the multiplicity of the cones of T (I ) need not have anything to do with the multiplicity of I as the following example shows.
Algebraic Properties of Generic Tropical Varieties
Note that the reply values true and false have nothing to do with the example method set:true mentioned above.
A progression ring for interfaces of instruction sequences, threads, and services
Part of the difficulty will have to do with the conditioning present in the last term of (3.27).
A lower bound on the critical parameter of interlacement percolation in high dimension
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Software Design Document, Testing, Deployment and Configuration Management of the UUIS--a Team 2 COMP5541-W10 Project Approach
There are two radical differences, between our analysis and theirs. These are interrelated, one being a technical point and the other having to do with a matter of principle, concerning general understanding.
More on the low variance circles in CMB sky
In general, the elements of this group have nothing to do with the elements of the structure M itself.
A categorical approach to internality
Since the algebras we are concerned with do not contain a centerless Virasoro algebra, we can not use the existing results and have to find a new way to do our classification.
Multiplicity-Free Representations of Divergence-Free Lie Algebras