Can someone explain to me this expression I heard from a friend?

¡Ni qué buenas ni qué nada!

Thanks for your help.

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    It may be that the person is mad or joking, but it depends on the context. Please add further info on this. Aug 29, 2016 at 17:55
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    Without context, it sounds as an angry person's answer to a greeting such as "buenas tardes".
    – JMVanPelt
    Aug 29, 2016 at 19:12
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    It seems that is disagree with your affirmation. "buenas"
    – Nandhi
    Aug 29, 2016 at 23:50

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In Spanish there are some expressions to show disagreement with something previously expressed. In this link you can search for the expression ni qué ocho cuartos, used in a very similar way to what you heard:

¡Qué buenas ni qué ocho cuartos!

Another similar expression is ni qué niño muerto:

¡Qué buenas ni qué niño muerto!

Probably, the day you said "¡buenas!" (or maybe "¡buenas tardes!") to that person, there was a bad weather, or maybe that person was not having a good day at all, so he/she just showed disagreement (maybe in an angry way). The expression ni qué nada is similar to those mentioned, just shorter.

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    ¿Niño muerto!!! Son bastante bestias ustedes los españoles...
    – Rodrigo
    Jul 7, 2017 at 14:46
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    @Rodrigo pues sí, es verdad, la fama de malhablados que tenemos en Hispanoamérica la tenemos ganada a pulso...
    – Charlie
    Jul 7, 2017 at 16:40

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