c'est la vie

French phrase
\ se-lä-vē How to pronounce c'est la vie (audio) \

Definition of c'est la vie

: that's life : that's how things happen

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“C'est la vie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/c%27est%20la%20vie. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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