Could you help me understand what "Life gets in the way!" means? Thanks.

closed as not constructive by tchrist, FumbleFingers, Barrie England, cornbread ninja 麵包忍者, J.R. Sep 6 '12 at 23:48

As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or expertise, but this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion. If you feel that this question can be improved and possibly reopened, visit the help center for guidance. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.


It normally means that the routine of day-to-day living throws up obstacles to doing whatever it is that the speaker wants to do.

For instance:

I want to go to dance classes, but there's never enough time in the evenings, after work and cooking. Life gets in the way!

  • is it something like: "Routine of day-to-day living hampers me from doing things I'd like to do"? If so, then everything is clear. – user 1357113 Sep 6 '12 at 17:17
  • Yes, although I think you mean hampers or hinders. It also covers non-routine matters, such as occasional emergencies - e.g. "I was going to go to the dance class, but the car needed an oil change that day. Life just keeps getting in the way!" – Spinner Sep 6 '12 at 17:19
  • yeah. Just a typo! Thanks for your help! – user 1357113 Sep 6 '12 at 17:20
  • I have a lot of questions about English language, but I wouldn't like to become annoying and try to rarely ask questions. :-) – user 1357113 Sep 6 '12 at 17:23
  • @Chris's sister: Don't take it to heart if some of your questions get closed for being General Reference - what you don't know, you don't know. But the site exists to answer (on-topic) questions, so just keep asking, and only worry if people downvote the question (that usually means you didn't ask "properly", so there should be something you can do to improve your next question). – FumbleFingers Sep 6 '12 at 18:16

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.