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too bad

1. An expression of sympathy, condolence, or regret. It's too bad you won't be able to come with us this weekend. Oh, that's too bad. I'm sorry to hear that. A: "I'm afraid we'll have to cancel the event." B: "Too bad. I was looking forward to it."
2. Used ironically to gloat or show that one is unmoved by what is being described. A: "I was really looking forward to that concert.! B: "Too bad I got the last ticket then, sucker!" A: "But I'm going to a party this weekend, and everyone's going to be there!" B: "Well that's just too bad! You didn't clean your room like I asked, so now you're grounded."
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(that's) too bad

It is unfortunate.; I'm sorry to hear that. Tom: I hurt my foot on our little hike. Fred: That's too bad. Can I get you something for it? Tom: No, I'll live. Bob: My uncle just passed away. Tom: That's too bad. I'm sorry to hear that. Bob: Thanks.
See also: bad
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

too bad

Unfortunate, as in Too bad the shoes don't fit you. [Late 1500s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

too bad

used to indicate that something is regrettable but now beyond retrieval. informal
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(it’s) too ˈbad

1 used to show sympathy or disappointment: It’s too bad you can’t come to the party.
2 used to show that you are not sympathetic: I know you don’t want me to go. Well, too bad, I’m going!
See also: bad
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that's too bad

1. Used to express sadness or sympathy.
2. Used in response to a protest or complaint to express insistence that the speaker's expectation be met.
See also: bad
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
"There now, Eliza, it's too bad for me to make you feel so, poor girl!" said he, fondly; "it's too bad: O, how I wish you never had seen me--you might have been happy!"
"It's too bad the Powder of Life was all used up," remarked the shaggy man; "it would be a handy thing to have around."
By ricketty, it's too bad! I never thought she would do it."
"Oh, stop blaming yourself -- it's too bad to do it, and I won't allow it -- you couldn't help it; it wasn't your fault.
"It's too bad, but it served him right," Scott said hastily.
"It's too bad of you not to squawk and run; we depended on it, it's such fun to howl after you," said Will and Geordie, rolling out from under the sofa in a promiscuous heap.
"It's too bad; but it certainly wasn't my fault, you see, Miss Cuthbert.
'Don't mention the poor girl's name; it's too bad to make a joke of that part of the business; she has behaved nobly under shameful provocation; there is but one excuse for Montbarry--he is either a madman or a fool.' In these terms the protest expressed itself on all sides.
Good intentions aside, it's too bad that, in the end, this Poster Boy is paper-thin.
While you are reading this letter I might as well tell you that it's too bad that your magazine has got a plethora of highly inappropriate language.
Every time we play it forward, we don't keep the ball and it's too bad. We need to keep the ball and try to play.
It's too bad that we need it, but there are too many people that earn their living by skimming people." Diotte says he doesn't think that the new law will stop crooked businessmen from ripping off their customers.
But it's too bad he didn't pick some clean clobber, because that night he went out to dinner at posh Nobu restaurant wearing the same stained T-shirt and jacket, only changing his manky kecks.
It's too bad that the Archbishop was not as "nervy" as the P.M., when--he as reported--"deliberately avoided mentioning Jesus or the Trinity out of sensitivity to the others", while allowing the other faiths the freedom to "mention whatever they wanted to mention".