nature of the beast

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nature of the beast

  1. (idiomatic, with "the") The unchangeable nature of something.
    • 1863, Sheridan Le Fanu, The House by the Churchyard:
      This slight way of treating both his book and his ancestors nettled little Puddock – who never himself took a liberty, and expected similar treatment – but he knew Sturk, the nature of the beast, and he only bowed grandly []
    • 1884, Frank de Yeaux Carpenter, Round About Rio:
      "A little slow, that's all; but that's the nature of the beast."