these things happen


these things happen
these things happen phrase
used for telling someone not to be upset about something unpleasant that has happened or something bad that they have done
Thesaurus: ways of telling someone not to worry or be upsetsynonym
Main entry: happen

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ˌthese things ˈhappen idiom
used to tell sb not to worry about sth they have done

‘Sorry— I've spilt some wine.’ ‘Never mind. These things happen.’

Main entry:happenidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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