describes something that can not and does not need to be changed or will not be changed, but is generally not important enough to fight over and can be overcome. In a bureaucracy, where some jaba the hut type is standing in the way, do like Gen George Patton and just go around the idiots...Originated by this author on the south side of chicago in the early 1990's when being the token white guy trying to help rightfully angry blackfolk(think obama's preacher) deal with a university's attempt to pave over their homes to make way for a larger campus. Used the phrase to transition to positive issues and ways to turn a negative into a positive or an irrelevant.
That idiot from the city is the same guy who lied to us 10 years ago when he convinced us to accept the old plan and they took away our homes and never built new ones. Why should we trust anything he says ??

You shouldn't...it is what it is...he has three more years until his pension kicks in and he doesn't have the support to stop this from going forward.
by kingofithaki May 17, 2008
This phrase can have a more aggressive or assertive stance defining the speakers dominant position or status.
When asked how they had won the game,the quarterback replied to the sports writer that, "It is what it is, we're just the better team."
by Name Brand March 07, 2009
One socially-permissible way of NOT swearing or threatening to commit a felony while meaning to say things like "my life is fucking over because of that," "I want to kill her but I can't" and similar such. It's an excellent reply to any unfavorable situation, denoting momentary acceptance in the face of insurmountable odds.
The bank LOST my money? (deep breath) Hey, it is what it is.
by nilochlainn April 01, 2009
Basically it is what it is. I dont know how else to describe it.

Referring to the example when something/someone always goes the same way or does the same thing.
John- Man the way the system works sucks man.

Mike-It is what it is
by Jarion Hayes February 16, 2005
Phrase has many meanings. Normally used to describe something of irrelevance or an acceptance of the situation.

Used primarily to cause confusion to the listener.
Person x: "Hey your feet smell of rotten cheese"
Person Y: "It is what it is"

or

Person A: "I cant believe i failed my Marketing exam"
Person B: "It is what it is"
by Uptown March 20, 2006
Usually said about something that has no frills, not perfect, more than a little to apologize for (but probably NOT delineated), not much to be said for it, but offered for face value.
"Is the 1969 Nova you're offering to sell for $150 a pretty good car?"
"Well, it is what it is."
by KP: July 11, 2006
Phrase has many meanings. Normally used to describe something of irrelevance or an acceptance of the situation.

Used primarily to cause confusion to the listener.
Person x: "Hey your feet smell of rotten cheese"
Person Y: "It is what it is"

or

Person A: "I cant believe i failed my Marketing exam"
Person B: "It is what it is"
by Armin April 22, 2006

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