Part and parcel

Home repair: part and parcel of owning a house, pic: 411rei.com

I heard this one on the radio today and thought it would be a good one to cover since it is not entirely intuitive.

If something is  part and parcel of something else it is an essential and unavoidable part, an integral component, a part one better accepts because one doesn’t have a say or choice in the matter anyway.  That is not necessarily bad since one knows about that part upfront and therefore can decide whether it is a good deal or not.

The term has been used since the 15th century and was originally a legal term.

Here are some examples:

Regular maintenance and repairs are part and parcel of owning a house.

Traveling a lot for business is part and parcel for a sales rep.

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