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English definition of “(just) one of those things”

(just) one of those things

informal
said to mean that there was no way of planning to avoid something: The road was blocked , so we missed the meeting - it was just one of those things.Expressions used to describe situations Grammar:Thing and stuffGrammar:ThingWe use the general noun thing more commonly in speaking than in writing.Grammar:StuffStuff is one of the most common nouns in speaking. It is more informal than thing. It is not at all common in writing.
(Definition of (just) one of those things from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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