it is what it is

Meaning(s)

1. a phrase meaning that the situation can't be changed, accepting there is nothing you can do about it

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what can I say? It is what it is

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The idiom 'it is what it is' refers to a situation which cannot be changed, where nothing can be done to change the circumstances and so the situation must be accepted.

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  1. The team lost the game, but the Coach just said, "It is what it is."
  2. "It is what it is," said the woman, after her car was stolen.

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  1. The deadline has been brought forward by a week we have a lot of work to do but it is what it is.
  2. It's clear that this product is not performing well so we are going to take it out of production it's disappointing, but it is what it is.

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