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hard cheese

A phrase used when one is unsympathetic to someone who has suffered a hardship. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. If you slept through your alarm because you stayed up half the night, hard cheese!
See also: cheese, hard

hard cheese

used to express sympathy over a petty matter. British informal
See also: cheese, hard

hard ˈcheese

(British English, informal) used as a way of saying that you are sorry about something, usually in an ironic way (= you really mean the opposite): I’ve made my decision — I’m going to the sell the car, and if he doesn’t agree with that then it’s hard cheese.
See also: cheese, hard