you can't win them all


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.

(you) can't win them all

A phrase said, often as an attempt at consolation, when one has lost or failed to achieve a desired result, especially after previous success. "Them" is sometimes abbreviated as "'em." I know you're disappointed to have the lost the game, but you can't win them all, honey. A: "I'm sorry, I know you worked really hard and were expecting an A+." B: "Eh, can't win 'em all."
See also: all, win

you can't win them all (or win some, lose some)

said to express consolation or resignation after failure in a contest. informal
See also: all, win

you can’t win them ˈall

,

you ˈwin some, you ˈlose some

(spoken) used to express sympathy for somebody who has been disappointed about something: ‘I made a terrible speech this evening.’ ‘Well, you can’t win them all. Don’t worry about it.’
See also: all, win
Idioms browser ?
Full browser ?