1. rude slang Having gotten an unfavorable or unfortunate result. An initialism of "shit out of luck." Sorry kid, you're SOL—I just sold the last ticket. I called stores across the entire city, but nowhere has a copy left. I guess we're SOL.
2. rude slang In a hopeless position or situation. An initialism of "shit out of luck." You're SOL if you think I'd ever give you back your job. We need that part before we can finish the prototype. We're SOL if it doesn't arrive in time.
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Acronym for shit out of luck, sometimes put more politely as “soldier out of luck” or “strictly out of luck.” The term appears to date from World War I. Paul Dickson cites Mark Sullivan, a chronicler of that conflict, who said it was an expression used of a soldier who was late for mess or had been given thirty days’ confinement to the post for being caught shooting craps. The term later entered the civilian vocabulary and has become a cliché.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer