Definition of take the rough with the smooth in English:

take the rough with the smooth

phrase

  • Accept the unpleasant aspects of life as well as the good.

    ‘someone with his high profile in sport must take the rough with the smooth’
    • ‘All too keen to be the centre of attention when announcing a waiting lists initiative or a patient-focused plan, he must learn to take the rough with the smooth and get stuck in where necessary.’
    • ‘It was the physical game as predicted and both teams took the rough with the smooth.’
    • ‘He never discounted the romantic element but at the same time looked for a completeness that can come by taking the rough with the smooth.’
    • ‘After all, isn't reality about taking the rough with the smooth?’
    • ‘In an interesting formulation, he says of himself: ‘You have to take the rough with the smooth without getting so thick-skinned that you no longer bleed.’’
    • ‘‘As I said politics is politics, and I can take the rough with the smooth, but if this if the way we are going to go in the future, then politics, those involved in it, and County Mayo will not benefit,’ he said.’
    • ‘The rain did not help, but you have to take the rough with the smooth.’
    • ‘You can't come into politics and complain - you've got to take the rough with the smooth.’
    • ‘But we have had some dubious decisions against us and you have to take the rough with the smooth.’
    • ‘But he has learned to take the rough with the smooth.’