tough luck


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tough luck

 and tough cookies
That is too bad. (Said as a reply to someone relating an unfortunate situation.) Tough luck, but that's the way the cookie crumbles. That's too bad, tough cookies.
See also: luck, tough

tough luck

(spoken)
I do not have any sympathy for your problems Anyone who misses three classes will fail, and if you don't like it, tough luck!
Usage notes: sometimes used to say you are sorry that someone is having problems: If a beggar approached us, she would murmur “tough luck” and give him a few coins.
Related vocabulary: tough shit
See also: luck, tough

tough luck

and tough cookies
interj. That is too bad. Tough luck, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles. Tough cookies, Tom! That’s life.
See also: luck, tough
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That was tough luck on Fulham who deserved a point and could have got one but for a bad miss from Steve Marlet minutes from the end.
Tough luck there guys, though you did manage to put a brave face on it.
Once the series leader, his team fell on some tough luck when the Chase started, and he plummeted in the standings.
It was tough luck on County, as on-loan Andy Parkinson looked to have earned them a rare win with his second goal in three games.
It was tough luck on Shearer, who has never won the award during his six and a half years on Tyneside.
So the People's Government has no right turning round and saying: Tough luck.
It was tough luck on County's youngsters when a deflected shot from Jon Beswetherick edged them out of the GLS Conference Cup in last night's third round tie at the Lawn.
It was tough luck on managerless Motherwell, who had fought Celtic every inch of the way.
Hats off and tough luck to little Chelsee Healey as well, one of the myriad reasons that has made this year's SCD the best - ever.
She probably won't want to go near a giant reptile ever again but, tough luck Nicola, Kilroy ain't going anywhere just yet.
It was tough luck on Lancaster, who simply ran out of steam after chasing and harrying their opponents all game.
If that sounds pompous, well tough luck - we stand on the threshold of momentous events.
It was tough luck on managerless Motherwell who had fought Celtic every inch of the way.
What is has done to those poor Irish bookmakers is so heartbreaking that all we can say is tough luck lads, for once punter power prevails.
It's tough luck on Mick as obviously he would have won on Chauvinist - even with 10st 3lb or 10st 4lb," said Henderson.