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


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
  • 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
  • @Chris'ssister: One more hint for you, when you want to ask what something means, include very specific information about (a) where you found the quote, (b) what you learned when you did some basic research, and (c) why you are still confused. (Look how one user did just that; notice how that user has 10,000 points.) – J.R. Sep 6 '12 at 23:52

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