(you) can't win them all


1. no person can succeed at everything they do






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never mind, you can't win them all

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This expression is often used as a form of consolation, especially when trying to help someone deal with failure or disappointment. The idea is that you remind someone gently - or perhaps sarcastically, if you were part of the reason they lost - that sometimes you lose or things don't work out the way you had hoped. There has to be a winner, which means there always has to be losers. So, unless you're the sort person who never experiences defeat - personally or professionally - then you know how it feels to lose: "Sorry, pal, but you just can't win them all." Some people might shorten 'them' to say 'em', as in, "Sorry, but you can't win 'em all."

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  1. Of course, I'm disappointed that I didn't get the apartment I wanted to rent but, look, you can't win 'em all. I'm sure something else will turn up eventually.
  2. I do feel disappointed that I didn't win the match but I have had a successful season and you can't win them all.

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  1. I know you worked your socks off to try and make that deal. Never mind, you can't win them all.
  2. That client seems to have taken a dislike to me, which is unusual. I normally get on well with everyone. I suppose you can't win them all.

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