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

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"that's life!" in British English

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that's life!


said after something bad or unlucky has happened, to express your feeling 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!


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)