ride with the punches

ride with the punches

1. Literally, in martial arts (especially boxing), to maneuver one's body away from a blow so as to lessen the force of its impact. He's not the most aggressive fighter—instead, he relies on his endurance and skill, riding with the punches to wear down his opponent until the best moment to strike.
2. By extension, to adapt to setbacks, difficulties, or adversity so as to better manage or cope with their impact on one's life. (Note: This phrase is a less common variant of the phrase "roll with the punches," which carries the same literal and figurative meanings.) Losing my job was really tough, but I've just been trying to ride with the punches until I get back on my feet. I learned that my grandfather passed away right before my final exams in college, but I just rode with the punches and did the best that I could.
See also: punch, ride
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If you make a mistake you just kind of ride with the punches and have a sense of humor about it.
McAuley has been one of many good reasons why the Coleraine team has managed to hang in there and ride with the punches that have rained down on the club this season.
It was sloppy the way we went behind and they had two good chances after that but you have to ride with the punches and we did that.