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A cop out phrase many people use to describe a situation, place, or thing they think have no control over and trying to change things or people’s minds about it is useless.
Detroit is a dangerous city and San Francisco is an expensive place to live. It is what it is!
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The meaning of "it is what it is" is that some things you can not change it will be the way it will be and refers to the past you can not change what happened 1 minute ago so what are you going to do other then to accept it.
In the past some people did not understand the meaning of "it is what it is" well "it is what it is you can't change the past but you can change the future and "it will be what it will be"
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A way of telling someone that you are tired of hearing incessant whining about all of the problems they have... The polite way to say "I just don't give a rat's ass!!"
Bob: I am having the worst week ever. I have been late to work every day this week, my cat got ran over, and I forgot to pay my water bill so now I have a late fee.

Co-Worker: Well Bob, There's nothing you can do about it now. It is what it is .


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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
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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"
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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."
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Term used to describe something when an inane comment is made.
Naomi: Can you have a look at this.

Aaron: That's very Organised isn't it?

Naomi: It is what it is?
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