Meaning of what possessed you? in English:

what possessed you?

phrase

  • Used to express surprise at an action regarded as extremely unwise.

    ‘what possessed you to come here?’
    • ‘What possessed you to take this test? I mean, seriously...’
    • ‘Which brings me back to that question: "What possessed you to do that to your hair?"’
    • ‘What possessed you to train for a marathon at the North Pole, one of the coldest, most desolate places on Earth?’