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

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

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(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

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just one of those things

something has happened that you must accept even 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)

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