Definition of “c'est la vie” - English Dictionary

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“c'est la vie” in British English

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c'est la vieexclamation

uk /ˌseɪ lə ˈviː/ us /ˌseɪ lə ˈviː/

used to say that situations of that type happen in life, and you cannot do anything about them:

I can't go to the game on Saturday - I've got to work. Oh well, c'est la vie.

(Definition of “c'est la vie” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)