play the hand (one) is dealt

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play the hand (one) is dealt

To accept, deal with, and make the most of one's current situation or circumstances; to make use of that which one is afforded or has available. I know you feel unsatisfied with your life at the moment, but we all have to play the hand we're dealt. Just keep working hard and things are bound to improve! I never asked to be responsible for the business, but I'm going to play the hand I was dealt.
See also: dealt, hand, play
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"As you said, control what you can control and you've got to play the hand you're dealt. I think he played the hand as well as he could," said James in an interview with Spectrum Sportsnet television.
"But you have to play the hand you're dealt. Darren Young was in a coaching licence group I was staffing and asked me to join him at Albion Rovers.
"You always have to play the hand you're dealt, but a home game against somebody of your own level is as much as you can hope for at this stage of the competition because there aren't too many smaller clubs left in it."
"You have to play the hand you're dealt. I'm more than happy to do that here," said the experienced boss who kept the Tractor Boys in the Championship last term.
You have to play the hand you're dealt with as much grace, dignity and good humor as you can muster."
You play the hand you're dealt and I'm very happy with what I've got.
"You play the hand you're dealt. So what you get to doing is stealing the other guy's cards."
In the quest for results, directors today are a little less patient with chief executives who offer excuses such as, "The economy turned bad," or "The Japanese did something," or "My predecessor made lousy decisions." That doesn't sell anymore; you have to play the hand you're dealt.
"(You have to) control what you can control, and you've got to play the hand you're dealt," James said, (https://www.foxsportsasia.com/basketball/nba/1074456/lebron-james-on-lakers-coach-luke-walton-he-played-the-hand-as-well-as-he-could/) as quoted on Fox Sports .
I've done all sorts of different things but you have got to do your best, play the hand you're dealt and see how you get on."
"Obviously you play the hand you're dealt and it has been a very interesting hand lately."