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hard luck

1. modifier Of or characterized by misfortune, hardship, adversity, etc. I can understand John's tendency to drink, as he's led quite a hard-luck life. Here he goes again with some hard-luck story to get us to pay for his drinks.
2. noun Misfortune, hardship, adversity, etc. I've been having a lot of hard luck lately. It just seems like nothing is going right for me!
3. An expression of sympathy or condolences for someone who has experienced some slight or mild misfortune or hardship. I just heard that Janet broke up with you. That's hard luck, buddy.
See also: hard, luck

hard luck

Misfortune, adversity, as in He's had a lot of hard luck in his day. This expression is also used in the phrase hard-luck story, a tale of one's misfortune that is related in order to get sympathy (or a donation). For example, We can't ignore her hard-luck story, even if you doubt that it's true. [Second half of 1500s] Also see tough break.
See also: hard, luck

ˌhard ˈluck/ˈlines

(British English) used to tell somebody that you feel sorry for them: ‘Failed again, I’m afraid.’ ‘Oh, hard luck.’
See also: hard, line, luck
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Author of the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series Jeff Kinney is coming to the New Alexandra Theatre on Wednesday with his Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck Tour
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Traffic coming from the direction of Llanberis seem to think they they own the road, and it is hard luck on anyone else who is in the vicinity at the same time.
SEND us your hard luck stories and you could win an Askit mug and pounds 45 of JJB vouchers.
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DANNY MURPHY says Liverpool must stop writing hard luck stories at Anfield to avoid the nightmare of Champions' League elimination.