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you can't win 'em all

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you can't win 'em all


One cannot always be successful; win a few lose a few •Often said ruefully after one has failed, or comfortingly to someone else who has failed

[1910+ Sports; attributed to a pitcher named Clifton G Curtis after losing his 23rd game of the season]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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you can't win 'em all

Success is not inevitable, as in They published your article but not your rebuttal to the reviewer? Well, you can't win 'em all. [ First half of 1900s ]
For a synonym, see win some, lose some
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