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Idioms and Phrases with take the rough with the smooth

take the rough with the smooth

Accept the bad along with the good, as in You can't expect to close a lot of sales every week—you have to take the rough with the smooth. This adage was first recorded about 1400. Also see take the bitter with the sweet.

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