can't help it

can't help it

Is unable to act differently. This phrase is often used to defend one's actions as involuntary or unavoidable. I don't want to be late to work every day, but I can't help it—the public transit strike has totally thrown off the train schedule. I'm always going to worry about you, sweetie, I can't help it—it's just what a mom does.
See also: help

(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 ?
I don't think it important; it does not take hold of me, I can't help it," answered Levin, making out that what he saw was the bailiff, and that the bailiff seemed to be letting the peasants go off the ploughed land.
I think it is a pathetic argument to say `I can't help it.
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