one of those things


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one of those things

An unexpected or random occurrence. This phrase is often used when one wants to dismiss something without further discussion or concern. A: "I thought you weren't coming!" B: "Oh, you know, my schedule cleared up at the last minute—it was just one of those things." Getting sick is just one of those things, mom. Don't worry about it!
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(just) one of those things

used to indicate that you wish to pass over an unfortunate event or experience by regarding it as unavoidable or to be accepted.
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(just) ˌone of those ˈthings

used to say that unfortunate things do happen sometimes and we must accept this fact: He doesn’t love me any more and there’s absolutely nothing I can do about it. It’s just one of those things.
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It's one of those things where everybody nods in agreement but nobody does anything about it - except Bratton.
You never like to give up anything in this world and certainly a championship belt that you had to fight hard for is one of those things,'' Goossen said.
It's one of those things where you look back and go, 'Jeez,' '' Patterson said.
It's one of those things that we really have to look at,'' said California Highway Patrol Officer Steve Huntsaker.
It's one of those things where, yeah, you're doing a movie, but for me, it's real - like, I can't get past the fact that this is actually a real experience for me.
It would be nice to think one of those things is acquiring shortstop Nomar Garciaparra.