Learn English Idioms – It Is What It Is

MichaelADIdioms & Slang

What does it mean when someone says, it is what it is?

This conversational phrase in English means that even though the situation is not ideal or not what we want at the time, it is the only situation, so we just need to accept it. It is what it is → This is another way to say, “that’s life” or “oh well” or “c’est la vie” (we use this French phrase in English too!) It is what it is shows our disappointment in the situation and also the fact that we know there is no other way at the moment.

Here are some example sentences using it is what it is with this meaning:

  • I’m not really a fan of that pizza shop in my neighborhood, but it is what it is. That’s the only one around.
  • I didn’t pass my exam. Oh well, it is what it is. I am going to have to study harder next time.
  • “She turned you down for a date?” “Yeah, oh well. It is what it is. I guess she’s not interested.”

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