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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  • Take the starch out of

    take the plunge take the starch out of Deflate or ridicule someone, as in That practical joke at the office party really took the starch out of Nick. This expression, first recorded in 1840, alludes to the starch used to stiffen a shirt.

  • Take the sting out of

    Lessen the severity or unpleasantness of something, as in That senior citizen discount took the sting out of the airfares. [ Mid-1800s ]

  • Take the trouble

    see: go to the trouble

  • Take the wrong way

    Also, take amiss . Misunderstand, misinterpret, especially so as to take offense. For example, I don’t want you to take this the wrong way, but you have to give others a chance to speak , or Please don’t take their criticism amiss; they mean well . The variant dates from the late 1300s. Also see […]

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