can't help it

(I) can't help it.

There is nothing I can do to help the situation.; That is the way it is.; There is nothing I can do. (Often in answer to a criticism.) Mary: Your hair is a mess. Sue: It's windy. I can't help it. Fred: I wish you'd quit coughing all the time. Sally: I can't help it. I wish I could too.
See also: help
References in classic literature ?
He can't help it, and he's likely to get you next time.
I'm a wicked girl to leave her so; but, then, I can't help it.
But perhaps he can't help it,' she said to herself; `his eyes are so VERY nearly at the top of his head.
I wish you wouldn't take it so hard, I can't help it.
I'm homely and awkward and odd and old, and you'd be ashamed of me, and we should quarrel--we can't help it even now, you see-and I shouldn't like elegant society and you would, and you'd hate my scribbling, and I couldn't get on without it, and we should be unhappy, and wish we hadn't done it, and everything would be horrid
I'm disappointed, but the girl can't help it, and the only thing left for you to do is to go away for a time.
I can't help it if the boys send me philopena presents, as they do to the other girls.
But there, if a woman's husband can't rule her of course a servant can't; so I wash my hands of it, and if she can't get to the duchess' garden party I can't help it.
And Charley said again, "No, miss, nor I can't help it.
I don't know, Marse Tom, it's one of her words; she loves the big ones, you know, and I pick them up from her; they sound good and I can't help it.
Hard for me, too; it hurts me like a physical pain to see that free spirit of the air and the sunshine laboring and grieving over a book; and sometimes when I find her gazing far away towards the plain and the blue mountains with the longing in her eyes, I have to throw open the prison doors; I can't help it.
You know that I have come to be where you are," he said; "I can't help it.
I'm sorry," said Tip, meekly, "but I can't help it.
He has the loveliest smile you ever saw--only it's painted on and he can't help it.
She can't help it -- she was born so; but is very sad and awful.