couldn't help it

couldn't help it

Said in regards to something that one has done because it felt irresistible or was unavoidable. Well, as soon as he said not to push the button, I just had to push the button—I couldn't help it! A: "Did you burn the bread?" B: "Ugh, yes, but I couldn't help it—the baby woke up from her nap at an inopportune moment."
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

(I) couldn't help it.

There was no way I could prevent it.; I was unable to prevent something from happening.; I was unable to control myself. Sally: You let the paint dry with brush marks in it. Mary: I couldn't help it. The telephone rang. Fred: You got fingerprints all over the window. Mary: Sorry. Couldn't help it.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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I couldn't help it. So now we was both on our knees with our chins on a fence rail and gazing--yes, and gasping too.
I couldn't help it, Dinah; it was the baby's crying made me go--and yet I was frightened to death.
I felt as if I couldn't help it. I had to go with him."
But when he came to the shop and asked me I felt I couldn't help it."
"And nobody would even bother to write anything about us, not until the last couple of years when they couldn't help it because we've grown so much.
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