better luck next time


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better luck next time

A phrase said to one who has lost or failed in some pursuit. It can be used both derisively and encouragingly. You'll never beat me at basketball! Better luck next time, little brother! I know you really hoped to medal in the competition, so better luck next time.
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Better luck next time

 
1. an expression that comforts someone for a minor failure. (Said with a pleasant tone of voice.) Bill: That does it! I can't run any farther. Hose! Bob: Too bad. Better luck next time. Mary: Well, that's the end of my brand new weight lifting career. Jane: Better luck next time.
2. an expression that ridicules someone for a failure. (Said with rudeness or sarcasm. The tone of voice distinguishes {2} from {2}.) Sally: I lost out to you, but I think you cheated. Mary: Better luck next time. Sue: You thought you could get ahead of me, you fool! Better luck next time! Joan: I still think you cheated.
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ˌbetter luck ˈnext time

(spoken) used to encourage somebody who has not been successful at something
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Better luck next time

sent. I wish you luck when you try again. You blew it, you stupid twit. Better luck next time.
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