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that's the way the mop flops

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 the way the mop flops.
See also: flops, mop, way

that's how the mop flops

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 how the ball bounces.") I'm pretty gutted about not getting into the grad school program I wanted, but hey, that's just how the mop flops.
See also: flops, how, mop

flip-flop

1. To completely change one's opinion or stance. Primarily heard in US. The voters were tired of hearing the candidate flip-flop and felt they could not trust him to stick with one position. I used to hold a staunch view about the case, but then I flip-flopped after hearing the other side's testimony.
2. noun A complete change in opinion or stance. There have been several flip-flops among the candidates during the campaign, with some changing their stance more than once!
3. noun A thong sandal. Often used in the plural to refer to the pair. Don't forget your flip-flops when we go to the beach, or you'll have to walk on the hot sand barefoot!

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

cow flop

Cow feces. Watch out for cow flops when you're out by the barn.
See also: cow, flop

flop around

To flail or otherwise move around awkwardly. He must be having a nightmare, judging by how he's flopping around in his bed. The fish flopped around on dry land.
See also: around, flop

flop as (something)

To fail in a particular role or pursuit. You have an angelic voice, so there's no way you'll flop as a singer! I flopped as a manager because I just couldn't seem to motivate my team.
See also: flop

flop down

1. To fling or plop oneself down onto some surface or thing. I knocked a few pillows onto the floor when I flopped down on the couch. As soon as Paulina flopped down onto the bed with a big sigh, I knew that her date must not have gone well.
2. To plop something down onto some surface or thing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "flop" and "down." Once I realized she was angry with me, I flopped her Valentine's present down and left.
See also: down, flop

flop down on(to) (something)

1. To fling or plop oneself down onto some surface or thing. I knocked a few pillows onto the floor when I flopped down on the couch. As soon as Paulina flopped down onto the bed with a big sigh, I knew that her date must not have gone well.
2. To plop something down onto some surface or thing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "flop" and "down." Once I realized she was angry with me, I flopped her Valentine's present down on the table and left.
See also: down, flop

flop into (something)

To fling or plop oneself down into something. I knocked a few pillows onto the floor when I flopped into the armchair.
See also: flop

flop over

To turn someone or something over roughly. A noun or pronoun can be used between "flop" and "over." As soon as the lifeguard flopped the boy over, he started coughing up water. Hey, don't just flop that over—it's breakable!
See also: flop, over

flop around

[for something] to turn around awkwardly; [for a fish out of water] to squirm and flap. The hose flopped around, throwing water first this way and then that, knocking down plants as it flopped. A number of fish flopped around in the bottom of the boat.
See also: around, flop

flop down

to sit down heavily or awkwardly. Be graceful. Don't just flop down! When I reached the chair, all I could do was flop down.
See also: down, flop

flop someone or something over

to turn someone or something over, awkwardly or carelessly. They flopped the unconscious man over, searching for his identification. They flopped over the injured man.
See also: flop, over

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

cow flop

and cow plop
n. a mass of cow dung. Mrs. Wilson is out in the pasture gathering cow flops for her garden. When walking out on the range land, we try to avoid “cow plops,” as the wranglers call them.
See also: cow, flop

flip-flop

1. n. a reversal. The president denied making a flip-flop. He said he simply forgot his earlier position.
2. n. the return trip of a long journey. (see also flip side.) Didn’t we chat on the flip-flop last week?
3. in. to change direction or intensity. Jed flip-flopped twice in the evening, leaving us where we started.
4. in. to waver in one’s decisions. Well, you just flip-flop all you want. I know what I want.

That’s the way the mop flops

sent. This is the way things happen.; This is typical of a random pattern of events. (Contrived.) Sorry to hear about that, but that’s the way the mop flops.
See also: flops, mop, way
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