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just one of those things

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just one of those things

noun phrase

Something that can hardly be predicted, justified, explained, or avoided, but is an intrinsic and sometimes a distressful part of living •The gestural equivalent is a shrug: Their divorce was just one of those things (1930s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with just one of those things

just one of those things

A random occurrence that can't be explained. For example, It wasn't their fault that the show failed; it was just one of those things. This expression was given greater currency as the title and refrain of one of Cole Porter's most popular songs (“Just One of Those Things,” 1935). [ c. 1930 ]
Also see: one of those days
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