can't win them all

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(You) can't win them all.

 and (You) can't win 'em all.
Inf. a catch phrase said when someone, including the speaker, has lost in a contest or failed at something. (The you is impersonal, meaning one, anyone. The apostrophe on 'em is not always used.) Mary: Gee, I came in last again! Jane: Oh, well. You can't win them all. "Can't win 'em all," muttered Alice as she left the boss's office with nothing accomplished.
See also: all, win
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Ah well, never mind, you can't win 'em all in this Cains' Chapple of worship.
Rhys said, 'Our show has had some mixed reviews but you can't win 'em all.
This guy feels too much like a private joke - but you can't win 'em all.
REPLY: Sadly nothing - ah well, you can't win 'em all.
YOU can't win 'em all, as the saying goes, but at the University of Huddersfield we give it our best shot, and our success rate in the growing number of awards now available in the Higher Education sector is highly impressive.
Yes, it's been nerve-wracking, and, yes, there have been setbacks along the way - Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday home and away; Nottingham Forest, Bournemouth and Watford away, spring to mind - but that's football, you can't win 'em all.
WORCESTER -- You can't win 'em all, which is why you should never get into a situation where you have to.
decent performance, Doyle's effort off bar to make it 2-0 probably would have sealed game & beaten by a great go #wwfc @ScottHump90 frustrating result as we had that game won, until we forgot how to defend, can't win 'em all.
They have had favorable legal battles in the past -- they can't win 'em all.
But you can't win 'em all and it's all over in 90 minutes.
I would have liked the option of a cheese and biscuit selection but you can't win 'em all.
Hey,' a magnanimous Walter said the next day, 'You can't win 'em all.
I never like losing a sale," this owner says, "but I realize you can't win 'em all.
The old saying, "You can't win 'em all," is unfortunately true.
WAS the theme music from the film You Can't Win 'Em All ever released?