Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

roll with the punches

roll with the punches
1) manage or adapt to difficulties or setbacks
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    • roll with the punches and keep going
  • Analysis

    The idiom to 'roll with the punches' means to carry on despite a number of setbacks or inconveniences. When you 'roll with the punches' you adapt or overcome when faced with challenges. This is an idiom you will hear used in social and professional contexts.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Brian tends to panic and complains when times get tough. He needs to learn to roll with the punches.
    2. You can act defeated and give up or you can pick yourself back up and roll with the punches.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Since the recession began I've just been rolling with the punches, trying to keep my head above water.
    2. The setbacks we've faced have been difficult, but I'm proud of the way we've managed to roll with the punches and push on.
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