like it or lump it


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like it or lump it

Whether you like it or not, as of a situation that one cannot change. Well, like it or lump it, this old, falling-down hotel is the only one with rooms available this weekend.
See also: like, lump

like it or lump it

Also, if you don't like it you can lump it. Whether or not you want to, as in Like it or lump it, we're staying home this summer. The origin of lump in this idiom is unclear; one writer believes it to be a euphemism for stuff it, a not unreasonable conjecture. [Early 1800s]
See also: like, lump

like it or lump it

mainly BRITISH, INFORMAL
People say like it or lump it to mean that you have to accept a situation even if you do not like it. This is the way our system works: like it or lump it. If you're a shareholder in the club then you can influence way things are run. But as a paying customer you like it or lump it. Note: You can also say that someone will have to lump it when they have to accept a situation whether they want to or not. When we pointed out they'd taken part of our garden, they said they hadn't even noticed. We just had to lump it.
See also: like, lump