you win some, you lose some


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you win some, you lose some

In life, you will always succeed in some situations and fail in others. Used especially as consolation following some loss or failure. A: "I'm so sorry to hear about the game last night." B: "Eh, you win some, you lose some. We'll just do our best and hopefully win next week." We had to shut the business down this week, but in this industry, you win some, you lose some.
See also: lose, win

You win some, you lose some.

 and You win a few, you lose a few.
Prov. Cliché You cannot always succeed. (You can say this when you have not succeeded, to show that you are not discouraged.) Jill: I was sorry to hear that you didn't win your court case. Jane: Well, you win some, you lose some. Bill: I thought it was terrible that you didn't get a prize in the art contest. Bob: You win a few, you lose a few.
See also: lose, win