tough break

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tough break

a bit of bad fortune. I'm sorry to hear about your accident. Tough break. John had a lot of tough breaks when he was a kid, but he's doing okay now.
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tough break

Also, tough luck. A trying or troublesome circumstance, bad luck, as in He got a tough break when he was denied a raise, or Tough luck for the team last night. This idiom uses tough in the sense of "difficult," a usage dating from the early 1600s. The variant is also used as a sarcastic interjection, as in So you didn't make straight A's-tough luck! A slangy variant of this interjection is tough beans, and a ruder version is tough shit. [Colloquial; c. 1900]
See also: break, tough

tough break

n. a bit of bad luck. You’ve had a lot of tough breaks lately.
See also: break, tough
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Because we are independent, we tell anyone who approaches us, We'll do what we do, and it's tough beans if you don't like it.
Because we are independent, we tell anyone who approaches us, 'We'll do what we do, and it's tough beans if you don't like it.