hard-luck story


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hard-luck story

A typically self-pitying tale of misfortune, hardship, adversity, etc., told especially to gain sympathy or charity from others. Here he goes again with some hard-luck story to get us to pay for his drinks.
See also: story
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And it's even better when the hard-luck story belongs to a bookie.
The usual hard-luck story was trotted out in court as her lawyer succeeded in persuading a sheriff not to jail her.
THE ONLY thing longer than a losing punter's face is his memory, particularly when it comes to a hard-luck story.
USC assistant coach Brennan Carroll, the son of USC coach Pete Carroll, played at Pittsburgh and offers his own hard-luck story.
He gave them a hard-luck story - and made off with their cash.
The hard-luck story in both Superbike races belongs to West Midlands rider Michael Rutter, the son of Tony Rutter who dominated this meeting in the 1970s.
ALL the talk was about Chelsea last week - with most relating a hard-luck story.
Moynahan was a typical Goodwood hard-luck story last time, but there has to be a doubt as to whether he can reproduce that level of form today.
IT does not matter how gut-wrenching your hard-luck story, it will never beat this one.
After more than 10 years of helping run a military Explorer post in the Valley for teenage boys - many of them kids starting down the wrong road in life - there wasn't a hard-luck story that Davis, a Vietnam veteran and retired police officer, hadn't heard.
Fast forward two years, throw in a visor and a new trainer, and the 33-1 shot (backed from 130 to 47 on Betfair prerace) was brought with an ambitious run from the rear of the field, but this time there was no hard-luck story as the gaps appeared and he proved much more willing than he has at times in the past to run out a shock winner.
It's a hard-luck story with a very happy ending, whatever happens at Newbury.
How about a hard-luck story, a weekend football coupon, a casino chip, and a William Hill press release?
The hard-luck story of the day was Stewart Cink, who hit into the water twice off the tee and on No.
The novice chase won by Notre Pere at Punchestown on Sunday was incident-packed to say the least, with the major hard-luck story of the race provided by this Liam Burke-trained gelding, who was well supported despite it being his chasing debut and his first run for more than a year and a half.