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.


Nearby words

  1. take the liberty of,
  2. take the load off,
  3. take the plunge,
  4. take the pulse of,
  5. take the rap,
  6. take the starch out of,
  7. take the sting out of,
  8. take the trouble,
  9. take the wind out of one's sails,
  10. take the words out of someone's mouth

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