View Full Version : an expression similar to "don't be a sore loser"

05-11-2009, 06:39 PM
Hi. My protagonist's mother tells her not to be a sore loser. But I'm looking for another way to say it. Maybe something you'd say to a child. Is there any little rhyme or saying that equates to "no sour grapes"? Preferably used in the USA.

Thanks, Caroline

05-11-2009, 07:45 PM
Pretty is as pretty does

05-11-2009, 07:55 PM
... you could have the mother tell her to "be a good sport," about it, which would be a gentler way to phrase it :-)

05-13-2009, 04:16 AM
sometimes you eat the bear. . .and sometimes the bear eats you.

05-13-2009, 05:39 AM
Suck it up.

Get back on the horse.

Kathie Freeman
05-13-2009, 08:17 PM
Some days you're the windshield, some days you're the bug.

05-14-2009, 05:25 PM
thanks, these are good.

05-14-2009, 07:08 PM
"It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game," is probably the common form of your sentiment. Another would be "Winning isn't everything."

To which my grandfather would reply "Winning isn't everything, BUT LOSING IS NOTHING!"

05-16-2009, 04:43 AM
don't get all pouty just because I scoreboarded you!

05-16-2009, 10:57 AM
If I were the mom, I would probably start singing this old Carole King song (but I'm eclectic and a kinda' odd person).

Sometimes you win sometimes you lose
And sometimes the blues just get a hold of you

Drifting off ....

The song is Sweet Seasons & here are the rest of the lyrics, just in case anyone wants to know.....

Just when you thought you had made it
All around the block people will talk
But I want to give it all that I've got
I just don't want, I don't want to waste it

Talkin' 'bout sweet seasons on my mind
Sure does appeal to me
You know you we can get there easily
Just like a sailboat a-sailin' on the sea

[Instrumental Interlude]

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose
And most times you choose between the two
Wonderin', wonderin' if you have made it

But I'll have some kids and make my plans
And I'll watch the seasons runnin' away
And I'll build me a life in the open
A life in the country

I'm Talkin' 'bout a sweet seasons on my mind
Sure does appeal to me
You know you we can get there easily
Just like a sailboat a-sailin' on the sea

Talkin' 'bout a sweet seasons
Talkin' 'bout a sweet, sweet, sweet seasons
Talkin' 'bout a sweeeeeet seasons

05-16-2009, 11:42 AM
You get what you get, and you don't get upset.

(attributed to Pete Miser)

penny manning
05-26-2009, 09:14 AM
Don't be a spoiled sport spoilsport.

Sorry! Someone informed me of the correct word. Just goes to show, you can't always believe what you hear.