(just) one of those things Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “(just) one of those things” in the English Dictionary

"(just) one of those things" in British English

See all translations

(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.
(Definition of (just) one of those things from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"just one of those things" in American English

See all translations

just one of those things

something has ​happened that you must ​accepteven if you do not like it: The ​traffic was ​awful and I ​missed my ​flight – it was just one of those things.
(Definition of just one of those things from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “(just) one of those things”
in Chinese (Simplified) 命中注定的事, 不可避免的事…
in Chinese (Traditional) 命中註定的事, 不可避免的事…
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

costume

the set of clothes typical of a particular country or period of history, or suitable for a particular activity

Word of the Day

I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
by Kate Woodford,
February 10, 2016
On this blog, we like to look at words and phrases in the English language that learners often have difficulty with. Two phrases that can be confused are ‘used to do something’ and ‘be used to something/doing something’. People often use one phrase when they mean the other, or they use the wrong

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More