tale of woe

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tale of woe

A story detailing one's personal problems or grievances, especially when used as an excuse for some failure. Mary's been late with three of her last four projects, and she's always got some tale of woe or another ready to justify her tardiness. I try not to sit next to Tom when we go the bar after work. After a beer or two, he invariable starts in on one of his tales of woe.
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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.
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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