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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.
See also: what

you've got to crack a few eggs to make an omelette

Sometimes, you have to do unpleasant things in order to complete a task or meet a goal. Your students clearly don't respect you. I know you don't want to yell at them, but you've got to crack a few eggs to make an omelette. If I don't cut people's salaries, the company is going to go bankrupt. It's unfortunate, but you've got to crack a few eggs to make an omelette.
See also: crack, egg, few, make, omelette

something's got to give

The current situation cannot remain unchanged for much or any longer; one side or the other has got to yield to the other soon. ("Got to" is often contracted into the informal word "gotta" in this phrase.) You can't keep working these long hours without making any time for yourself or your family. Something's gotta give, Sam. I know you and Barry don't see eye to eye on this, but the business is suffering with you two locked in this standoff. Something has got to give!
See also: give

(I've) got to get moving

I need to leave. Well, I've got to get going. It was lovely to see you, as always. Got to get moving before I miss my train!
See also: get, moving

(you've) got to get up pretty early in the morning to (do something)

It will not be easy for you to successfully do something, often something deceptive or skillful. When Mom caught me trying to sneak out of the house, all she said was, "You've got to get up pretty early in the morning to fool me." Sorry, but you've got to get up pretty early in the morning to beat me at poker.
See also: early, get, morning, pretty, up

gotta get up pretty early in the morning to (do something)

Rur. it would be difficult to do something (specified) because of the ability or quality involved. You gotta get up pretty early in the morning to cheat Bill Johnson. He's a sharp businessman for sure. You gotta get up pretty early in the morning to know your Bible better than Preacher Harris.
See also: early, get, gotta, morning, pretty, up

I've got to fly.

 and l('ve) gotta fly.; (I've) got to fly.
Fig. Inf. I have to leave right now. Time's up. I've got to fly. I've gotta fly. See you later.
See also: fly

You got to do what you got to do.

 and A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.
One has to do whatever it is that one feels obliged to do. I know I wouldn't ever agree to that kind of thing, but you got to do what you got to do.
See also: what

I’ve got to fly

and I(‘ve) gotta fly
sent. I have to leave right now. I’ve gotta fly. See you later.
See also: fly

I‘ve gotta fly

verb
See also: fly, gotta

I gotta fly

verb
See also: fly, gotta
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