Words at Play : Top 10 Favorite British Words, Vol. 2

#10: Hard Cheese 

Definition:

tough luck (often used interjectionally)

Example:

"'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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