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tough break

1. An adverse circumstance resulting in misfortune or hardships; an instance of bad luck. John's had some tough breaks lately, between losing his job and getting in that horrible car accident just two weeks later. It was a tough break for the team who had come so close yet again to finally getting into the playoffs.
2. An interjection of mild or insincere sympathy for someone else's misfortune. A: "When my parents said I'd be getting a car for my birthday, I didn't think it would be some beat-up old van like this!" B: "Sorry, tough break pal. It's still cool that you got a car, though!" Tough break, Tom. Better luck next time!
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tough break

a bit of bad fortune. I'm sorry to hear about your accident. Tough break. John had a lot of tough breaks when he was a kid, but he's doing okay now.
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tough break

Also, tough luck. A trying or troublesome circumstance, bad luck, as in He got a tough break when he was denied a raise, or Tough luck for the team last night. This idiom uses tough in the sense of "difficult," a usage dating from the early 1600s. The variant is also used as a sarcastic interjection, as in So you didn't make straight A's-tough luck! A slangy variant of this interjection is tough beans, and a ruder version is tough shit. [Colloquial; c. 1900]
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tough break

n. a bit of bad luck. You’ve had a lot of tough breaks lately.
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I had a couple of tough breaks and had to deal with the punches -- a couple big ones -- but it feels good now."
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* Tough breaks on either side tend to even out over time.
He was joint-leader following Germany, but a few tough breaks dashed his hopes of holding on to the top spot.
"There were some tough breaks, but we struggled defensively."
Australia may have won all their matches, but they have had some tough breaks on their route to the final.
That's the reason the team that wins the World Series deserves it, because they're the ones that got through all the trials and the tough breaks."
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She's had some tough breaks and catching her husband having an affair with her best pal must have been devastating.
He had some tough breaks but worked his way out of jams, had some pitches that could've been called strikes.