win some, lose some
It's not possible to win all the time, as in The coach was philosophical about our being shut out, saying “Win some, lose some.” This expression, generally uttered about a loss, originated in the early 1900s among gamblers who bet on sporting events. A variant, win some, lose some, some rained out, suggests that the idiom comes from baseball. Its figurative use dates from the 1940s. Also see you can't win 'em all.
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A Republican candidate hoping to win red state support could find a worse team to root for than one from Dallas.
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Bessires was included because he would never win it at any later date, but his doglike devotion made him a priceless subordinate.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
The real experience has a magnetism of its own and will win above mere technicality whenever it has the opportunity.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
There was not a moment to lose, for one well-directed shot might exterminate half of us.
Great preparations had been made, and the success must have been perfect to win so general and hearty a commendation.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
All the miserable stratagems they had been guilty of to win him; the dishonest plotting and planning.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood