go figure

Figure Fig"ure, v. i. 1. To make a figure; to be distinguished or conspicious; as, the envoy figured at court. [1913 Webster]

Sociable, hospitable, eloquent, admired, figuring away brilliantly. --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster]

2. To calculate; to contrive; to scheme; as, he is figuring to secure the nomination. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

{go figure} a phrase used by itself as an interjection to mean ``How can one explain that?'', or to express puzzlement over some seeming contradiction. [Colloq.] [PJC]


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