there's nothing (else) for it (but to do something)

there's nothing (else) for it (but to do something)

There is only a single course of action that can achieve the desired or necessary result; there is no alternative to a certain course of action. We finally had to trade in our old, much-beloved car to buy one that had more seats and more space; with three young kids, there was nothing else for it. The virus wreaked so much damage that I'm afraid there's nothing for it but to replace the entire computer infrastructure.
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there's nothing (or nothing else) for it

there's no alternative. British
2002 Which? If there's nothing for it other than to get a shiny new appliance, the next question to ask is: ‘Where does the old one go?’
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there’s nothing (else) ˈfor it (but to do something)

there is only one possible action in a particular situation: When the river flooded, there was nothing for it but to move everything upstairs.There was nothing for it but to try to swim to the shore.
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nothing for it

Nothing else to be done; no alternative: "There is nothing for it but to wait for the end" (Samuel Beckett).
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