tough cheese

tough cheese

A phrase used when one is unsympathetic to someone who has suffered a hardship. If you slept through your alarm because you stayed up half the night, tough cheese!
See also: cheese, tough
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Hamilton manager Billy Reid, above, is enduring what cynics would call tough cheese. And it stinks.
She ran up a phone bill of nearly pounds 400 and Claire claims the response she got from one customer relations operator was "tough cheese".
They also told us they were concerned about the allegation an operator had said "tough cheese" to Claire.
If saying this is politically incorrect, tough cheese. Everyone knows that hailing from the city of Odessa puts a concert violinist on the inside track, and let scholars debate whether it is in the genes or in the water.
CAERPHILLY will be able to say "tough cheese" to the rest of Division One if they win at Aberavon today, writes David Williams.