tough luck

Definition of tough luck


  1. —used in speech to show sympathy for someone who has failed or has been disappointed You lost your job? Oh, tough luck. ; often used in an ironic way to show that one does not feel sympathy for someone “I need more time to finish the job.” “Tough luck. You knew the job was supposed to be done by today.”

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  strong or firm in texture but flexible and not brittle

    :  not easily chewed

    :  glutinous, sticky

  1. :  in a tough manner (see 1tough)

  1. :  a tough and violent person :  rowdy

  1. :  to bear unflinchingly :  endure

  1. :  a force that brings good fortune or adversity

    :  the events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual

    :  favoring chance

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holding stubbornly to a belief or view

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