Idiom of the week: that's the way the cookie crumbles

That's the way the cookie crumbles, literally 'esa es la manera como se desmorona/desmigaja la galleta', is an idiom used when you mean 'así es la vida, así son las cosas, qué le vamos a hacer'. Apparently, this idiom began to be used in the 1950s in America, though some linguists date it at least three decades earlier.
As is often the case, the idiom soon found its way into Britain, and now it's known practically in the whole English-speaking world.
That's the way the ball bounces, literally 'así es como la pelota rebota', is a common synonym. Both idioms are rather colloquial in style, in the line of the Spanish 'no hay más cera que la que arde', which has a similar meaning.

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  1. In the movie "Bruce Almighty", that idiom is used a few times in different scenes.

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    1. Ha, ha. Yes, as you know, I'm working on a movie site.

      Unfortunately, due to my classes and the titanic nature of the project, I won't be able to have it up and running until January, 2015 (at the earliest).

      Still, that movie site may be one of my "lifetime achievements". We'll see.