When someone is dealing with a big difficulty, there is a proverb in my language which says: "die or cure". It means if there is a way to solve the problem then do it in any possible way, and if not forget about it and then don't worry about it anymore. Example:

Person B) What's wrong with you George?

Person A) Nothing! Just Kate is going to come to my work and make me lose face. She is going to tell all the story to the boss. I asked her not to do that, but she didn't agree and threatened me to come today. I'm really worried what will happen when the boss hears these all.

Person B) Don't worry man! Let it happen .......[the proverb].......

Is there any equivalent for this proverb in English?


Let the chips fall where they may. To allow events to unfold naturally; to accept what occurs without prejudice, worry, or regret.

Link to idiom

However, Person A seems worried. So I am not sure this is what you are looking for.

  • Sounds good, but too close to the idiom "Come what may"! Am I right @Willow Rex? <wink> – A-friend Jan 24 '17 at 18:35
  • You're on the right track, but it is not the same. "Come what may" means no matter what happens. "let the chips fall" accounts for accepting what happens. They are similar though. Stangdon's answer was better than mine is. – WRX Jan 24 '17 at 18:43

I can't think of an idiom with exactly the same meaning, but one that occurs to me is roll with the punches meaning "to adjust to difficult events as they happen" or "to be able to deal well with difficulties or criticism". It's a metaphor for boxing, where a boxer should move or step back in order to gracefully absorb the force of a punch.

  • I like this one, and I think it fits with the 'worried' part of the question. – WRX Jan 24 '17 at 18:36
  • @A-friend No offense meant but I think Stangdon's answer is closer IF 'worried' is an important part of the question. I love the rep points but this was a better choice based on your question. – WRX Jan 24 '17 at 20:47

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