Like it or lump it



adverb phrase

Whether or not one wishes: We have to go now, like it or lump it (1833+)
Also, if you don’t like it you can lump it. Whether or not you want to, as in Like it or lump it, we’re staying home this summer. The origin of lump in this idiom is unclear; one writer believes it to be a euphemism for stuff it, a not unreasonable conjecture. [ Early 1800s ]

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