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res•ig•na•tion(ˌrɛz ɪgˈneɪ ʃən)
give her the bells and let her fly To acquiesce to the inevitable, regardless of cost; to acknowledge reality or failure before risking further loss; to make the best of an unalterable situation. This expression originated in the sport of falconry, in which a worthless bird was released without bothering to remove the valuable bells attached to it.
like it or lump it To accept and put up with; to resign one-self to the inevitable; to make the best of an undesirable situation. The exact origin of this informal expression is difficult to determine. The most plausible suggestion is that lump it originally meant ‘gulp it down’ and was probably said in reference to distasteful medicine. Figurative use of the expression appeared in print by the early 1800s.
I’ll buy clothes as I see fit, and if anybody don’t like it, why they may lump it, that’s all. (Harriet Beecher Stowe, Poganuc People, 1878)
Sometimes lump it means simply ‘dislike’ as in the following quotation:
Whether we like him or lump him, he [the Interviewer] is master of the situation. (Grant Allen in Interviews, 1893)
Like it or lump it is usually heard in situations where no actual choice exists.
that’s the way the ball bounces That’s life; that’s the way it goes; there’s nothing to be done about it. Just as one cannot determine ahead of time how a ball will bounce, so too no one can predict or prevent the twists and turns of fate. This expression and the analogous that’s the way the cookie crumbles are usually said in resignation to a fait accompli.
|Noun||1.||resignation - acceptance of despair |
despair - the feeling that everything is wrong and nothing will turn out well; "they moaned in despair and dismay"; "one harsh word would send her into the depths of despair"
defeatism - acceptance of the inevitability of defeat
|2.||resignation - the act of giving up (a claim or office or possession etc.)|
speech act - the use of language to perform some act
|3.||resignation - a formal document giving notice of your intention to resign; "he submitted his resignation as of next month"|
document, papers, written document - writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)