come with the territory

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come with the territory

  1. (idiomatic) To be a common, and often inconvenient, accompaniment of an occupation, situation, or occurrence.
    • 1965 Nov. 29, Jack O'Brian "The Voice of Broadway," Palm Beach Daily News, p. 4 (retrieved 28 Oct 2012):
      Johnny Carson's three-year tenure as top man of "Tonight" leaves him less edgy than any of that grind's predecessors and he has a fine relaxed philosophy about the side irritants of the nation's favorite chatterthon: "Loss of privacy comes with the territory."
    • 1974 July 30, Jim Fiebig, "Problem Solving," Observer-Reporter (Pennsylvania, USA), p. A4 (retrieved 28 Oct 2012):
      When one decides to raise sheep, he accepts the fact that coyotes come with the territory.
    • 1993 June 25, Richard Sacks, "Opinion: At The New Yorker, They Take Their Fact Checking Seriously," New York Times (retrieved 28 Oct 2012):
      Many checkers have been upbraided by lordly writers and editors and big shots of all stripes. Such abuse came with the territory.
    • 2009 March 19, Joe Klein, "Don't Panic — At Least Not Yet," Time:
      Impatience . . . is chronic in the mass media. Indeed, it comes with the territory.

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