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that's (just) the way it plays
There is nothing we can do to change or prevent the way things have unfolded or will unfold; this is just the normal way things happen. Usually said of negative events or outcomes that are or seem unfair. A: "So you mean after nearly a year of hard work, all my profits are going to taxes? That's bull!" B: "Yep, but that's the way it plays." A: "I can't believe their little boy died of cancer." B: "I know, it's really awful. That's just the way it plays sometimes."
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way it plays
Sl. the way it is; the way things are. The world is a rough place, and that's the way it plays. It's tough, but it's the way it plays.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
the way it plays
in. the way it is; the way things are. The world is a rough place, and that’s the way it plays.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.