I am not sure if we can use the expression "in all sorts of unexpected ways" when we talk about something that can only happen once to a living thing. Is there any other similar expression we can use instead?

For example:

The cow warned "It's a place where you get killed in all sorts of unexpected ways" to its friend as they were headed towards the slaughterhouse.

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    You should not be taken as the addressee here (who indeed can be slaughtered in a variety of ways) but as the generic referring to all cows. In any case, this seems to strain at a semantic gnat while swallowing talking cows. – StoneyB on hiatus Apr 3 '19 at 23:02

It's possible for both of these to be true at once.

  • X can happen to you only once.

  • There's many ways X can happen.

Just because there's many ways X can happen, it doesn't mean all those ways have to happen at the same time.

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