tough luck

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tough luck

1. noun Adverse circumstances resulting in misfortune or hardships; bad luck. John's had some tough luck lately—he really can't seem to catch a break.
2. adjective Involving such circumstances. When used as an adjective, the term is often hyphenated. The deadline is non-negotiable, so don't come to me with some tough-luck story about how you couldn't finish your assignment.
3. interjection I have no sympathy for the situation you are in or how you feel about it. A: "When you said I'd be getting a car for my birthday, I didn't think it would be some beat-up old van like this!" B: "Tough luck! You should be thankful to have a car at all!"
See also: luck, tough

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