tale of woe

tale of woe

a sad story; a list of personal problems; an excuse for failing to do something. I listened to her tale of woe without saying anything. This tale of woe that we have all been getting from Kelly is just too much.
See also: of, tale, woe

tale of woe

n. a sad story; a list of personal problems; an excuse for failing to do something. I listened to her tale of woe without saying anything.
See also: of, tale, woe
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They told a tale of woe which was then al- together beyond my feeble comprehension; they were tones loud, long, and deep; they breathed the prayer and complaint of souls boiling over with the bitterest anguish.
The girl's words so inspired the Prince with confidence that he told her all his tale of woe, and ended up by asking her advice as to how he was to escape the punishment the Fairy would be sure to inflict on him when she discovered that he had not cut down the trees in the wood and that he had broken her axe.
He had been sitting cross-legged listening to this tale of woe.
Exasperated, Marilla returned to the kitchen and poured out her tale of woe to Matthew, who, between his sense of justice and his unlawful sympathy with Anne, was a miserable man.
They were awed by what they had already seen of Wolf Larsen's character, while the tale of woe they speedily heard in the forecastle took the last bit of rebellion out of them.
Amusing, certainly," replied the young man, "inasmuch as, instead of shedding tears as at the fictitious tale of woe produced at a theatre, you behold in a law-court a case of real and genuine distress -- a drama of life.
Pickwick in an obscure corner of the room, listened attentively to his tale of woe.
All oppression originated in the trusts, and one and all told the same tale of woe.
Donegal's tale of woe before they tasted All-Ireland glory struck a chord with McCall's men even though they had no idea who he was.
Synopsis: My Tale of Woe is the tell-all true story of an ex-cult member, raped into submission, tortured, and left to fend in a world of craziness.
It's been a familiar tale of woe for Warren in final rounds but he's taking heart from the fact his game is not far off top gear.
But it's been a tale of woe throughout 2014, with club chairman Bernard Guasch having already held clear-theair talks with the coaching staff in a bid to get to the root of the problems.
A telephone message can be a surprise That voice, you might instantly recognise "Hello", lovely to hear good news from you Most times you listen to their tale of woe Now a letter is very different in kind Dropped thru' my letterbox - moment in mind Who is it?
Hoping to capitalize on an old tale of woe, Egyptian actress, Muna Zaki, decided to sign up for a a part in "The Cinderella" .
I suppose my tale of woe is more like "Swing and a Miss .