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Win one's spurs gain a knighthood by an act of bravery; Froissart's Chronicle, referring to the Black Prince at the battle of Crécy in 1346, refers to the instruction given by his father Edward III that those with the prince should ‘suffre hym this day to wynne his spurres’, often quoted as ‘Let the boy win his spurs.’

you can't win them all proverbial saying, mid 20th century, used as an expression of consolation or resignation. (Compare you win a few, you lose a few.)

you win a few, you lose a few proverbial saying, mid 20th century, meaning that one has to accept failure as well as success, and used as an expression of consolation or resignation. In 1995, the dramatist Alan Bennett was reported as having cancelled an interview with a newspaper which had described him as ‘winsome’ with the words, ‘Winsome, lose some.’ (Compare you can't win them all.)


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