one of those things

noun phrase

used to refer to a bad or unfortunate experience that happened and to say that such experiences can happen to anyone
I missed the train and had to take a later one. It was just one of those things, I guess.

Examples of one of those things in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s one of those things that can only happen at a place like UAB. Williesha Morris |, al, 2 Aug. 2023 Imagine bringing one of those things into the house without at least giving your spouse a heads-up. Lucas Daprile, cleveland, 24 July 2023 And one of those things is breaking a record of somebody who's very well known in the sport. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 24 June 2023 My hope is that this is one of those things that shows people that this is an art form worth funding. Amrita Khalid, The Verge, 13 June 2023

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“One of those things.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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