tough luck


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."

Examples of tough luck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fierce headwinds for Tesla That’s tough luck for Musk’s detractors, such as early Tesla investor and onetime board director Steve Westly, who otherwise would have the perfect opportunity to topple the CEO from his perch. Eva Roytburg, Fortune, 7 June 2024 Carter’s first interception involved tough luck as the ball was tipped at the line. Paul Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 18 Sep. 2023 Ilkay Gungodan is not having much luck in Blaugrana so far Returning to the first XI for the first time since picking up a first half knock against Real Madrid in Arlington, Texas a fortnight ago, the ex-Manchester City captain's tough luck continued. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 13 Aug. 2023 And if a young worker dies and leaves small children, tough luck. Tom Margenau, Dallas News, 13 Aug. 2023

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“Tough luck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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