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hard luck

1. modifier Of or characterized by misfortune, hardship, adversity, etc. I can understand John's tendency to drink, as he's led quite a hard-luck life. Here he goes again with some hard-luck story to get us to pay for his drinks.
2. noun Misfortune, hardship, adversity, etc. I've been having a lot of hard luck lately. It just seems like nothing is going right for me!
3. An expression of sympathy or condolences for someone who has experienced some slight or mild misfortune or hardship. I just heard that Janet broke up with you. That's hard luck, buddy.
See also: hard, luck

hard luck

Misfortune, adversity, as in He's had a lot of hard luck in his day. This expression is also used in the phrase hard-luck story, a tale of one's misfortune that is related in order to get sympathy (or a donation). For example, We can't ignore her hard-luck story, even if you doubt that it's true. [Second half of 1500s] Also see tough break.
See also: hard, luck
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July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- HARD LUCK CANDY DISTRIBUTORS, LLC, a Michigan (MI) based creator of premium flavored spirits, today announces its plans for a nationwide distribution roll out, to begin in California (CA), with the appointment of Young's Market Company as distributor of the brand throughout the state.
Beginning August 13th, Hard Luck Candy Vodka fans (Michigan residents, 21 years and older) are invited to enter "Enjoy the Sweet Life with Hard Luck Candy Vodka" contest on the company's Facebook page by submitting a photo showing how they've enjoyed their summer with Hard Luck Candy Vodka.
We are thrilled by the recognition and high honors Hard Luck Candy Vodka received at TheFiftyBest.
We have had clear opportunities to score through Hamann and Garcia, I think it is hard luck.
The senior right-hander's hard luck continued Monday.
Just in time for summertime fun, Hard Luck Candy Vodka is expanding its line of candy-flavored vodkas with the addition of two new flavors - tart, citrus Lemon Drop and Orange Dream, the perfect blend of orange and vanilla.
The 21-year-old's omission is hard luck on a Northern Irish side looking to book their place at the finals for the first time since 1986.
We're at a stage, looking at the second half of the season, where we have had a lot of hard luck stories.
EACH week I'm going to give you the chance to tell the world about your latest spot of bookie bashing or your weekend trip to the hard luck factory.
It is hard to believe the pair's hard luck story about crashing a motorbike shortly after missing a mandatory drug test.
EVERTON boss David Moyes insists there can be no more hard luck stories if the Blues are to climb up the Premiership table.
For Reid and his frustrated players,it was another hard luck story at Liverpool on Saturday as Leeds earned more plaudits for another plucky performance,but ultimately emerged pointless.
Hard Luck campground on Piru Creek accommodates 22 family sites.
Grownups now have a new way to enjoy old-fashioned candy favorites, like red fish and root beer barrels, with the launch of Michigan-based Hard Luck Candy Flavored Vodkas.
One operator said there were too many people wanting these forms - if you get one, good luck; if you don't, hard luck.