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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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]
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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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References in classic literature ?
The Wall Street* group turned the stock market into a maelstrom where the values of all the land crumbled away almost to nothingness.
In the morning he stole a march on the sun, for he had finished breakfast when its first rays caught him, and he was climbing the wall of the canyon where it crumbled away and gave footing.
Little yellow was to be seen, but with his strong fingers he crumbled the rotten quartz away till both hands were filled with glowing yellow.
INGREDIENTS 375g milk/375g cream/110g sugar/150g yolks/25g glycerine (optional)/500g crumbled Christmas pudding METHOD 1 BRING the milk and cream up to the boil and then whisk together the egg yolks and the sugar until they become pale.
However, the revamp has yet to start and a GDN inspection found exposed rusty construction rods where the concrete safety barrier had crumbled into the water.
6 C, during the pressurization melted the delicate texture of the cheese so it no longer crumbled, indicating that high-pressure processing should be considered only for close-textured cheeses for which the temperature increase would be less problematic.
Combine pork, red onion, rosemary, thyme, chilli powder and crumbled Stilton.
Divide cherry tomatoes and crumbled feta equally among pepper halves.
Ingredients 4 figs, cut into thin wedges 490g box Waitrose organic 2 frozen pizza bases with passata 100g dolcelatte, crumbled ' x 90g pack Parma ham (3 slices) or essential Waitrose British wafer thin honey roasted ham Handful of rocket.
America's #1 spreadable cheese brand launches seven traditional and seasoned crumbled cheeses in convenient, resealable shaker-top packages
The Crumbles are flash frozen and crumbled using an innovative proprietary technology providing consumers quality ingredients in convenient sizes.
Stir in 3 to 4 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese and salt and pepper to taste.
Use tempeh crumbled in mock chicken salad or in place of beef in recipes for Sloppy Joes.
Louis, has added Epic Fat Free Mediterranean Herb Crumbled Feta and Epic Classic Feta in Brine to its Epic Feta cheese line.
As others have noted, he in turn sounds for all the world like Walter Benjamin in "Paris, Capital of the Nineteenth Century": "In the convulsions of the commodity economy we begin to recognize the monuments of the bourgeoisie as ruins even before they have crumbled.