them's the facts

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English

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Phrase

them's the facts

  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) Those are the facts, that's the truth, that's how it is; frequently used in reference to an unfortunate truth.

Usage notes

While the uses of them as a subject pronoun and of 's with a plural subject are mainly found only in a few nonstandard dialects, they appear in other dialects in certain fixed colloquialisms such as this one, as what might be called “intentionally incorrect” speech.