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that's how the cookie crumbles

There is nothing we can do about the way things have unfolded, especially bad ones, so there is no reason to be upset about it. (A variant of the more common "That's the way the cookie crumbles.") I'm pretty gutted about not getting into the grad school program I wanted, but hey, that's just how the cookie crumbles.
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crumble away

to break away in little pieces. The marble pillar was crumbling away because of the acidic rain. One of my teeth is just crumbling away.
See also: away, crumble

crumble into something

to break apart and fall down into bits and pieces. The base of the pillar suddenly crumbled into dust. The bones crumbled into dust as the body was lifted from the box.
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crumble something up (into something)

to crunch up or break up something into pieces. Now, crumble the dried bread up into crumbs. Crumble up the bread into crumbs.
See also: crumble, up

crumble up

to break up into little pieces. The cake, which was very dry, crumbled up when I tried to cut it. The paper of the old book crumbled up when I turned the pages.
See also: crumble, up

That's the way the ball bounces.

 and That's the way the cookie crumbles.; That's the way the mop flops.
Prov. You cannot control everything that happens to you.; You should accept the bad things that happen. Bill: I bought a hundred lottery tickets this week, but I still didn't win! Alan: That's the way the ball bounces. I was planning to have fun on my vacation, but I've been sick the whole time. I guess that's just the way the cookie crumbles. That's tough, but that's the way the mop flops.
See also: ball, bounce, way

That's the way the cookie crumbles.

  (British, American & Australian informal) also That's the way the ball bounces. (American informal)
something that you say which means that bad things sometimes happen and there is nothing you can do to prevent it, so it is not worth becoming upset about it I can't believe they chose Sam for the job and not me. Ah well, that's the way the cookie crumbles.
See be laughing all the way to the bank, one way or the other, There's more than one way to skin a cat, claw your way back from, know which way to turn, open the way for, pave the way for, pay its way, pay way, point the way, see which way the cat jumps, see your way to, smooth the way for, wing way, see which way the wind is blowing
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that's how the ball bounces

Also, that's the way the ball bounces or the cookie crumbles . That is the way matters have worked out and nothing can be done about it. For example, I'm sorry you got fired but that's how the ball bounces, or They wanted a baby girl but got a third boy-that's the way the cookie crumbles. These phrases allude to an odd bounce or a crumbled cookie that cannot be put back together. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
See also: ball, bounce, how

That’s the way the cookie crumbles

sent. That is life.; That is typical of the unequal share of things you are likely to get in life. I lost my job. Oh, well. That’s the way the cookie crumbles.
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MARIE Neeson, of The Baker Street Kitchen, Middlesbrough, shares her recipe for an apple cinnamon crumble cake - perfect for the autumn, we like to serve it warm with vanilla ice cream.
Make topping by rubbing all the crumble ingredients together until the texture of fine breadcrumbs.
The key is not in the ingredients - it's a simple enough crumble mixture with the magic 3:2:1 ratio of flour, butter and sugar.
This is the perfect way to enjoy crumble on a warm day.
INGREDIENTS: FILLING 3 eating apples, peeled, quartered and cored 2 Bramley cooking apples, peeled, quartered and cored 2 tsp cinnamon 100g demerara sugar 300g blackberries CRUMBLE TOPPING 175g plain flour 1 tsp cinnamon 140g soft brown sugar 35g porridge oats 180g cold unsalted butter METHOD: Put the quartered apples in a bowl and shuffle them around to mix them up a bit.
A HOMEMADE apple crumble is the perfect way to finish a Sunday roast with the family.
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You can just crumble it over salads, or use it in a sauce, soup or dip.
Serves four Ingredients For the crumble: 50g (2oz) plain flour 25g (1oz) ground almonds 25g (1oz) ground hazelnuts 50g (2oz) soft brown sugar 25g (1oz) unsalted butter For the biscuit: 50g (2oz) melted butter Whites of two eggs 50g (2oz) plain flour 50g (2oz) icing sugar One vanilla pod For the custard: 100ml (4fl oz) milk 150ml (6fl oz) double cream One vanilla pod 50g (2oz) sugar Three egg yolks For the custard foam: 50ml (2fl oz) double cream 200ml (7fl oz) milk 30g (1oz) sugar One vanilla pod For the fruit: Six plums halved One punnet blackberries 100g (4oz) sugar 150ml (6fl oz water) Method To make the crumble, mix all crumble ingredients together well and place in a pre-heated oven at gas mark two, 300F/160C for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Children from Maesydre Primary School at Powis Castle; Pontfadog Primary School at Chirk Castle; and Speenhamland Primary School at Stackpole, will compete against one another and children around the UK, to create the quickest and tastiest blackberry and apple crumble.