What does It Is What It Is mean?

A slang declarative phrase used to indicate a situation is less than ideal, but since it can not be changed, to carry on anyway.

Other definitions of It Is What It Is:

  • A saying that implies helplessness to the current situation, though it can also express satisfaction with the outcome or result.
  • Resignation to one's current condition, though it can also be a sign of defeat.
  • An excuse phrase that implies nothing can be done to change the outcome of a situation.

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How to use the term
It Is What It Is:

  • Person 1: Looks like we're going to lose again.
    Person 2: It is what it is.

  • Hey man, don't sweat it. It is, what it is.

  • Eh, fuck it. It is what it is.

  • Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, it is what it is.

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