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french expression that is rather famous in english and other languages.

it means "it is the life."

can also be trasnlated into english as:
- "that's life"
- "oh well, shit happens"
a: man! i can't believe we lost by 18 goals!
b: get over it! c'est la vie!
додав alperthereal 10 Лютого 2004
The best useful translation I've heard is "Such is life" - inferring, "This is just the way life is."

An associated idiom, "C'est la guerre", which means "This is war", would likewise best be interpreted as "Such is war.", inferring "This is just the way war is"
Person A: I hate Monday mornings.

Person B: C'est la vie
додав Peter T-S 05 Грудня 2005
"Such is life"
A phrase that is a way of shrugging off what can't be helped.
"Oh well, what are you gonna do? Cest la vie!"
(Correctly spelled "C'est la vie".)
додав Lil138 22 Червня 2006
(Idiom) Literally translated, means "It is the life". Better translations lead to "That's life" or "it's life". Basically shut up and get over it, used as a puit down. The best retort to this is "C'est la guerre", which means "This is war".
*A and B find A's car being keyed by a person known to be a local trouble maker*

A: Damn that bastard! I'll kill him.

B: So what about your car, c'est la vie. He's just a kid anyway...

A: NON! *eyes go red* C'est la guerre!


B: *shits pants*
додав Kung-Fu Jesus 09 Травня 2004
a french saying, but when spoken in america or any other english speaking territory, it sounds like someone is saying "say la vie", the proper response being "la vie"
c'est la vie

la vie!
додав Aevion 05 Січня 2011
An expression inviting one to accept that circumstances are ultimately unchangeable.
A: C'est la vie...
B: (silence)
A: Well?
B: What?
A: C'est la vie!
B: Uh...La vie?
A: Thank you! Was that so hard to say?
додав Shamis43214 22 Березня 2008
A conformist quote. Came from French and can be translated as "It's the life"
"What can I do about that? It's the life! Cest la vie!"
додав ErnieBrazil 04 Травня 2006
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