Woe is me!

woe is me

An exclamation of lamentation for one's misfortune. The phrase appears in the Bible (Isaiah 6:5) and Shakespeare's Hamlet (Act 3, Scene 1), and is typically used ironically or sarcastically. (If used in a straightforward way, it would sound old-fashioned and melodramatic.) A: "So you're annoyed that, because of your raise, you'll have to start paying higher taxes each paycheck?" B: "Yeah, I know, woe is me, right?" "O, woe is me! I have to get up at 8:30 in the morning for my high-paying job!" That's how you sound right now. Oh how the stars themselves conspire against me! My life is beset by all manner of ill fortune! O, woe is me!
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Woe is me!

I am unfortunate.; I am unhappy. (Usually humorous.) Woe is me! I have to work when the rest of the office staff is off. Woe is me. I have the flu and my friends have gone to a party.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
ANTIGONE Ah, woe is me! This word I hear Brings death most near.
ANTIGONE Ah, woe is me! where shall I fly, where find Succor from gods or men?
She was, ah woe is me! she was my mother; I knew it not, nor she; and she my mother Bare children to the son whom she had borne, A birth of shame.