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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

ˌhard ˈluck/ˈlines

(British English) used to tell somebody that you feel sorry for them: ‘Failed again, I’m afraid.’ ‘Oh, hard luck.’
See also: hard, line, luck
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And it's even better when the hard-luck story belongs to a bookie.
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.
Against Almaty and Maribor we suffered 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.
Scotland can't keep on getting beaten or being the hard-luck story again.
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.
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 usual hard-luck story was trotted out in court as her lawyer succeeded in persuading a sheriff not to jail her.
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.
Footballers will come up with any old excuse for things going wrong but Smith's hard-luck story is true .
A lot of people say that sounds like a hard-luck story, but to me it's not a hard-luck story - it's my life.
It's a hard-luck story with a very happy ending, whatever happens at Newbury.