can't win them all

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(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.

 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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Henry, I am eternally grateful, was none of these (except a lacrosse player but you can't win 'em all).
I guess as the old saying goes: You can't win 'em all!"
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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.
RUSSELL SLADE saw Leyton Orient's 100 per cent record come to an end and declared: "You can't win 'em all!"
#WWFC @JohnBarratt91 Frustrating night, palace arent anything special and the 1st was offside...not to mention pszeko being taken out # w w fc @bakes1970 Can't win them all...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. I don't think this disrupts the overall story."
y g y y y Most people are going to respond to you in kind, but there maybe someone along the way who doesn't take your proffered hand, but if so, console yourself with that old y g y y warming chestnut that you "can't win 'em all".
But you can't win 'em all and it's all over in 90 minutes.
* You can't win 'em all. If you honestly feel you have bent over backwards for these folks, and they are still unhappy, it's time to have them move on.
I would have liked the option of a cheese and biscuit selection but you can't win 'em all.
Ah well Tone, can't win 'em all. In spite of his pleas, no room in Blair's Britain for 'Son of Star Wars', the US missile interceptors aimed at making sure nothing nasty comes through.