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A trite, overused and infuriatingly meaningless cliche that is utilized by provincials who think they are adding some deep, meaningful insight during a discussion when all they are offering is senseless, unwarranted repetitiveness to what would otherwise be a far better conversation had they not shown the shallowness of the gene pool they spawned from by using this asininely useless and redundant phrase to begin with.
An interesting conversation is being had, when quite suddenly:

Robin: My house burned down last night. It is what it is.
Aidan: Fuck you, provincial.
by BennyKennedy April 01, 2009
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things are the way they are. circumstances might not be the best, but... it is what it is
sherlock: it's okay.
john: it's not okay!
sherlock: *hugging john* no, but it is what it is
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That's just the way things are, like it or not.
"I hate how the government feels like they have to monitor our every move."
"Hey, it is what it is."
by Jack324 January 14, 2009
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in a nutshell, it means "this is the way its going right now, and thats how it is." kind of a way to say: dont overthink the situation. a reminder to keep things simple, dont overanalyze things, or a way to put a definition on something thats hard to explain.
Friend: "So what's the deal with you and Bobby? I thought you guys were together, but then someone said you broke up, and then somebody else told me you were broken up but 'friends with benefits' So what's the true relationship status?
Girlfriend: it is what it is.
by Charlotte Kenfield December 05, 2006
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an accepted euphemism for 'i fuck my pets'. mainly used in a business setting, where swearing would not be acceptable.
boss: it is what it is.
employee: you sick bastard.
by bigtrick February 10, 2011
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A popular “weasel phrase” used frequently by merger integration consultants, it refers to a negative situation that is outside of one’s sphere of influence and as such should not be further pursued in hopes of resolution. An approximate translation could be: “this is f*cked, but I can’t fix it, so why bother”.
"This company is rubbish. Their systems are stuffed, all their good staff are leaving, and just when the sh*t is hitting the fan, our manager goes off on holiday to Hawaii. But it is what it is, I guess...”
by Thirty dollar man August 09, 2011
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better described as a statement of acceptance of a situation that is less than perfect.
keeping a dull, going-nowhere, job that pays the bills. "how's work?" "it is what it is."
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