it is what it is

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it is what it is

  1. (literally, sometimes philosophical) This thing has its own distinct nature; this thing is itself.
  2. (idiomatic) This circumstance is simply a fact and must be accepted or dealt with as it exists.
    • 1926, "La Semaine du Parlement," Time, 8 Mar.:
      I shall not criticize the Treaty of Versailles. It is a fact. It is what it is.
    • 2005, Viv Bernstein, "Stewart Poised to Head Onto Road Less Traveled," New York Times, 20 Nov. (retrieved 24 July 2008):
      I would prefer to start further up than where I am, but it is what it is and we'll just go out there and get to work.



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