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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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that's the way 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. I'm pretty gutted about not getting into the grad school program I wanted, but that's just the way the cookie crumbles.
See also: cookie, crumble, way

crumble away

To come apart in pieces. We need to get this wall repaired—the drywall is just crumbling away.
See also: away, crumble

crumble into (something)

To come apart into pieces or a particular material or substance. We need to get this wall repaired—the drywall is just crumbling into pieces.
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crumble up

1. To come apart into pieces. We need to get this wall repaired—the drywall is just crumbling up.
2. To break something into smaller pieces. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "crumble" and "up." I crumble up some cookies and add them to the icing—that's my secret recipe.
See also: crumble, up

that's how the ball bounces

There is nothing we can do about the way things have unfolded, especially bad things, so there is no reason to be upset about it. I'm pretty gutted about not getting into the grad school program I wanted, but hey, that's how the ball bounces.
See also: ball, bounce, how

that's the way the ball bounces

There is nothing we can do about the way things have unfolded, especially bad things, so there is no reason to be upset about it. I'm pretty gutted about not getting into the grad school program I wanted, but hey, that's the way the ball bounces.
See also: ball, bounce, way

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 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

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that's how the cookie crumbles

If you say that's the way the cookie crumbles or that's how the cookie crumbles you mean that you have to accept the way things happen or develop, even if it is not what you wanted. You're not always on peak performance, but that's just the way the cookie crumbles. I had some bad luck with injuries — that's how the cookie crumbles.
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the way (or how) the cookie crumbles

how things turn out (often used of an undesirable but unalterable situation). informal, chiefly North American
See also: cookie, crumble, way

that’s the way the cookie ˈcrumbles

(also that’s the way it ˈgoes) (informal) that is the situation and we cannot change it, so we must accept it: She met somebody else and left me. That’s the way the cookie crumbles, I suppose.
See also: cookie, crumble, way

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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