that's (just) the way it is

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that's (just) the way it is

There is nothing we can do to change or prevent the way things have unfolded or will unfold; this is just the normal way things happen. Usually said of negative events or outcomes that are or seem unfair. A: "So you mean after nearly a year of hard work, all my profits are going to taxes? That's bull!" B: "Yep, but that's the way it is." A: "I can't believe their little boy died of cancer." B: "I know, it's really awful. That's just the way it is sometimes."
See also: way
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Baraka: That's the way it is. You just have to focus on what you're doing and do that the best way you can without letting the static be louder than the music.
That's the way it is. This place isn't for everybody.