you('ve) gotta do what you('ve) gotta do

you('ve) gotta do what you('ve) gotta do

Said of any task or obligation that one must undertake or go through with, especially when it is difficult, unpleasant, undesirable, inconvenient, etc. ("Gotta" is a colloquial contraction of "got to.") Now, I don't like resorting to violence, but you gotta do what you gotta do when it comes to protecting your property. A: "Sorry for missing practice, but I promised the neighbors I would feed their pets." B: "No worries—you've gotta do what you've gotta do."
See also: gotta, what
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