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!
See also: of, one, thing, those

(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.
See also: of, one, thing, those

(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.
See also: of, one, thing, those