the way things are (going)

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the way things are (going)

Considering the current situation; under the current circumstances. The way things are going this season, we may very well end up in last place. With the way things are, I don't see how we can afford a new car.
See also: thing, way
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thesis, and he always stayed within James's naturalistic presuppositions about the way things are. He thought that in doing so he was being a pragmatist.
IF MOSHE IS CORRECT THAT THE BIG QUESTIONS eventually get directed toward God and the answers lie within ourselves, the understatement of the end of this century may be that too much cannot be said for learning to accept--with awe and wonderment--that daily living rarely goes along "the way things are supposed to be."