a man's got to do what a man's got to do

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a man's got to do what a man's got to do

A man must do what he feels needs to be done, even if it is dangerous or undesirable. Sometimes said ironically. It might be dangerous delivering water to the refugees, but a man's got to do what a man's got to do. I know it's a lot of cotton candy to eat, but a man's got to do what a man's got to do.
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My wife naturally lambasted me for revealing this habit in front of our children, but a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.
There were "Bikers for Jesus," as well as such slogans as "Real Men Are Promise Keepers" and "A Man's Gotta Do What a Man's Gotta Do." Out of the approximately 20,000 participants the sponsors claimed attended (and I estimated the same number), the great majority seemed to be working-class men between the ages of twenty-five and forty-five, with some in their early fifties.