Using this phrase will force someone to do something. They cannot fight back or argue, because they’ve gotta do it.
Person 1: I want to finish my homework, but I don’t really have the motivation...
Person 2: You gotta do it.

(Person 1 now has to finish their homework)
by ranotraino November 27, 2018
1. To do something you don't want others to know about or what you shouldn't be doing, e.g., selling illicit drugs, assaulting others. A code phrase for being involved with some criminal activity.

2. To associate with people your friends and family regard as undesirable or beneath your dignity.

3. To take care of important business.
1. You gotta do what you gotta do to survive because there are no jobs available.

2. I know my friends think my boyfriend's no good, but I'm doing what I gotta do.

3. I'm doing what I gotta do to get something to eat.
by Stop the Pendulum March 13, 2006
A speech expression used commonly when someone is unable to remember the thing that they were supposed to do,
or when someone else forgot and you are using the phrase sarcastically.
Person 1: what were we supposed to do again?
Person 2: you just gotta like, do the thing; you know?
by im on the interwebs October 20, 2021