that's the way the ball bounces

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - that's the way the ball bounces

"that's the way the ball bounces"

an expression used to say that sometimes bad or unlucky things happen that could not have been prevented so you must just accept the bad things


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - that's the way the ball bounces

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I had been working for an hour and a half on a very important report when my computer crashed.

Colleague 2:  Sometimes, that's the way the ball bounces.  There is really nothing you could have done to prevent your computer from crashing.  I do hope you saved your work.

Colleague 1:  Only the auto-save function every ten minutes so I didn't lose a lot of work.  Just more frustrating than anything.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - that's the way the ball bounces

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I heard that you were running in the recent municipal election.

Friend 2:  Yes, I put my name forward for alderman. I campaigned hard and thought I was doing OK but when election day came, I did not win.

Friend 1:  Sorry to hear that but that's the way the ball bounces sometimes.

that's the way the ball bounces - Usage:


that's the way the ball bounces - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for that's the way the ball bounces.

that's the way the ball bounces - Examples:

1)  If you though Ken Shamrock was just going to toss out a 'that's the way the ball bounces', and move on from his controversial loss to Royce ...

2)  ... taking two points from the big boys rather than one would have made a big difference, but that's the way the ball bounces in football. ...

3)  ... re-hired for 2015, that's the way the ball bounces. I didn't take it personal, and I blamed myself. (You know how I could have kept my job?

4)  That's the way the ball bounces, and I don't take it personally in the slightest laughs.

5)  ... done it differently and a lot better. But that's the way the ball bounces and you move on.

6)  Shoulda done it sooner. Shoulda been brighter. That's the way the ball bounces. Its always different when one of their own family gets affected of course.

7)  ... was ultimately responsible. It's a shame but that's the way the ball bounces.

8)  ... just the way that things go, I suppose that's the way the ball bounces, ...

9)  This is racing and that's the way the ball bounces!

10)  ... you win some... you lose some. That's the way the ball bounces or some such nonsense he'd heard someone say.

11)  ... 'd rather have him around than Chamakh, but that's the way the ball bounces.

12)  ... have been doing the same thing for eons but that's the way the ball bounces.

13)  I won't stand in your way. that's the way the ball bounces. That is the situation and we can not change it, ...

14)  It's unfortunate, but that's the way the ball bounces. Poor old Jack, he was killed.

15)  ... embarrassment is yours alone, I'm afraid; that's the way the ball bounces, as they say.

16)  ... but ... that's the way the ball bounces. You made a mistake and you should have fessed up to it.

17)  It sucks but that's the way the ball bounces.

18)  I never thought that, in my whole career, that I'd be playing in something other than a Patriots helmet, but that's the way the ball bounces ...

19)  But that's the way the ball bounces, my friend. If you still have a craving for those famous Biscoff cookies served on Delta flights, get them ...

20)  But rather than concede defeat and say that's the way the ball bounces, Amos is making a splash by bringing back his handmade hits under ...