Top 10 Favorite British Words, Vol. 2
#10: Hard Cheese
tough luck (often used interjectionally)
"'A bit of hard cheese, those aneurysms!' He walked away and never mentioned the case again." Frank T. Vertosick, When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery, 2008
About the Word:
Although the origins of the phrase remain unclear, it may have originated in the disappointment of having your (otherwise soft) cheese turn hard and unpalatable.
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