them's the facts

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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.

Usage notes

The phrase is frequently used in reference to an unfortunate truth.

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.