take the rough with the smooth

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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 weekyou have to take the rough with the smooth. This adage was first recorded about 1400. Also see take the bitter with the sweet.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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