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one's got to do what one's got to do

  1. A person must do what he or she feels obliged to do.
    • 2012,, Suspected burglar shot dead by retired police officer
      A neighbor named Dave saw the aftermath of the shooting and said he empathizes with the retired officer. "I think you gotta do what you gotta do," he said. "If they're in your house and they gotta crowbar and there's four guys, I'd want a gun, too.
    • 2001, Warren Schultz, A Man's Garden
      Sometimes a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do, even if his helpmate does not share his passion. Perhaps that's part of the attraction. Maybe a man wouldn't be so feverish about his garden if he had to share it with his partner,