the nature of the beast


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(that's) the nature of the beast

(That's) the basic, inherent quality or character of something. You get rich quick in the stock market or you can lose your shirt. That's the nature of the beast. Uncertainty in life is just the nature of the beast. You never know what's going to happen next.
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the nature of the beast

The traits inherent to a thing or situation, especially a negative or difficult one. Unfortunately, exhaustion is just the nature of the beast when you're a new parent. Of course you're scared—that's just the nature of the beast when you make big changes in your life.
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the nature of the beast

If you say that something is the nature of the beast, you mean that it is a part of the character of the person or thing that you are talking about and cannot be avoided. Negotiations always get tougher towards the end. That's the nature of the beast. If you play any sport at this level, you're going to get injured from time to time. That's just the nature of the beast. Note: If you say that someone knows the nature of the beast, you mean that they know or understand a particular person or thing very well. Having served as Secretary of State for Education in Edward Heath's government, she knew the nature of the beast.
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the nature of the beast

the inherent or essential quality or character of something, which cannot be changed and must be accepted. informal
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References in classic literature ?
After all, though, if that's the nature of the beast, we mustn't be too hard on them for it
I promise you a great caterwauling and an illuminating insight into the nature of the beast.
The mob is man voluntarily descending to the nature of the beast.
The nature of the Beast from the East meant that some communities were harder hit than others and the scale of the challenge varied.
While Spanish bull fighting or bull running festivals are fun to watch, the nature of the beast is such that it can often get dangerous and out of control.
Heaton added: "It is the nature of the beast, especially at this level, that when players do well they will get talked about.
But you know, the nature of the beast is that anything can happen and it's moving to a different channel - they might want to totally change it and that's just the way it goes.
Penny's 11th Gamache mystery, The Nature of the Beast, marks her largest first printing ever.
Eleventh in the series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mysteries by multiple award-winning author Louise Penny, The Nature of the Beast is the unabridged audiobook adaptation of the what may be the Gamache's most harrowing case yet.
Beastly behavior after all is in the nature of the beast.
According to the BBC, Cook said that if people want to criticise, they criticise, adding that criticism was the nature of the beast of being a professional sportsman.
The nature of the beast means there is unlikely to be much between Derby, QPR, Brighton and Wigan over the course of the two-legged semi-finals and then the Wembley final.
We have had nigh on 14 years of Putin in the Kremlin to assess the nature of the beast.
That's the nature of the beast, but in this case we did our due diligence and overcame all the obstacles.
The sums involved in those deals are a long way from when the club were struggling financially and playing in the third tier of English football, but Hughton feels it is the nature of the beast in the top flight.