Meaning of “be the nature of the beast” in the English Dictionary

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"be the nature of the beast" in British English

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be the nature of the beast

to be what something is like or what it involves:

Owning a car involves a lot of expense - that's the nature of the beast.

(Definition of “be the nature of the beast” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)