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Meaning of “that's life!” in the English Dictionary

"that's life!" in British English

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that's life!

informal said after something ​bad or ​unlucky has ​happened, to ​expressyourfeeling that such ​events will sometimes ​happen and have to be ​accepted: No, I didn't get the ​job but that's life, isn't it?

that's life!

saying said when something ​bad has ​happened that you cannot ​change
(Definition of that's life! from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"that’s life" in American English

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that’s life

you have to ​accept what ​happens, ​even if it is not ​exactly what you ​wanted: I've had some good ​jobs and some not so good, but that’s ​life.
(Definition of that’s life from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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