tale of woe

tale of woe

a sad story; a list of personal problems; an excuse for failing to do something. I listened to her tale of woe without saying anything. This tale of woe that we have all been getting from Kelly is just too much.
See also: of, tale, woe

tale of woe

n. a sad story; a list of personal problems; an excuse for failing to do something. I listened to her tale of woe without saying anything.
See also: of, tale, woe
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They told a tale of woe which was then al- together beyond my feeble comprehension; they were tones loud, long, and deep; they breathed the prayer and complaint of souls boiling over with the bitterest anguish.
The girl's words so inspired the Prince with confidence that he told her all his tale of woe, and ended up by asking her advice as to how he was to escape the punishment the Fairy would be sure to inflict on him when she discovered that he had not cut down the trees in the wood and that he had broken her axe.
He had been sitting cross-legged listening to this tale of woe.
Exasperated, Marilla returned to the kitchen and poured out her tale of woe to Matthew, who, between his sense of justice and his unlawful sympathy with Anne, was a miserable man.
They were awed by what they had already seen of Wolf Larsen's character, while the tale of woe they speedily heard in the forecastle took the last bit of rebellion out of them.
Amusing, certainly," replied the young man, "inasmuch as, instead of shedding tears as at the fictitious tale of woe produced at a theatre, you behold in a law-court a case of real and genuine distress -- a drama of life.
Pickwick in an obscure corner of the room, listened attentively to his tale of woe.
All oppression originated in the trusts, and one and all told the same tale of woe.
It was a similar tale of woe for Portstewart who were knocked out on penalties at home to Maiden City.
On the pitch, Brighton face Southampton on the back ofWe blow FA's tale of woe a 3-0 away win at West Ham - and Hughton has high hopes for winger Jose Izquierdo who made a slow start after a PS16million move from Belgian club Brugge but scored a stunner at the London Stadium.
The figures, released by the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), highlight a similar tale of woe relating to the driving theory exam.
This tale of woe was not restricted to the miners, however, with shares in BP and Royal Dutch Shell "B" shares falling 1.
Her tale of woe told us about her lack of food and she even began to describe in graphic detail the state of her dressings.
Synopsis: My Tale of Woe is the tell-all true story of an ex-cult member, raped into submission, tortured, and left to fend in a world of craziness.
But it's been a tale of woe throughout 2014, with club chairman Bernard Guasch having already held clear-theair talks with the coaching staff in a bid to get to the root of the problems.