Definition of the nature of the beast in English:

the nature of the beast

phrase

informal
  • The inherent or essential quality or character of something, which cannot be changed.

    • ‘All network security plans are too complex; it's the nature of the beast.’
    • ‘It seems to be a win-win situation, although such is the nature of the beast that the Union is sure to grumble at losing control.’
    • ‘We may not like having to ‘borrow’ terms from other languages, but that is just the nature of the beast.’
    • ‘Anyone who rises to political power often loses perspective, and that's just the nature of the beast.’
    • ‘This is both a strength and a weakness, as we will see, but ultimately it is the nature of the beast and nothing to get upset about.’
    • ‘Sure, no doubt it's politically minded - that's the nature of the beast.’
    • ‘It is the nature of the beast that everything has to be black and white in football.’
    • ‘Depression imposes some limitations on those actively in its grip; it is the nature of the beast to impair cognitive functioning and to induce passivity.’
    • ‘But that's the nature of the beast when you're doing a sprawling drama that takes place in real time.’
    • ‘Technical perfection easily wins over any hint of real emotion, but that's largely the nature of the beast, I suppose.’
    • ‘While it's the nature of the beast, I suppose, that the tone of our commentary is critical, we are well attuned to the fact that everyone makes mistakes on occasion.’
    • ‘A lot of times those calling for the officers to continue will, in the following year, be their most ardent critics, such is the nature of the beast.’
    • ‘It is surely in the nature of the beast that young people will try to ‘prove themselves’ by doing what is forbidden to them (even if they do usually fail).’
    • ‘Life has never been fair, that's just the nature of the beast.’
    • ‘I spend a lot of time in meetings that I could otherwise spend productively, but that's the nature of the beast in my profession.’
    • ‘And the key to reversing the control of this psychopathic institution is to understand the nature of the beast.’
    • ‘The addition of invented material, however, changes the nature of the beast.’
    • ‘It is in the nature of the beast to hold back on things to achieve some perceived advantage in life.’
    • ‘There is no question that there's a lot of instability that comes with democracy and it's the nature of the beast that it's turbulent and uncertain.’
    • ‘Creative people are rarely consistent people: it's the nature of the beast.’