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bad luck

see under run of luck
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  • Superstitious people say that the bad luck will be visited on the head of the one who wishes it.

  • Why, she had a serpent set with opals she wore as a brooch, and it brought her bad luck.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • Occasionally he bluffed, and got a small pot; but it was risky, as he was distinctly in a run of bad luck.

    Prince Fortunatus William Black
  • And, indeed, you know I told you I should bring you bad luck.

    Carmen Prosper Merimee
  • I have had bad luck at the mines, and was almost discouraged, when I learned that you were in San Francisco.

    Ben's Nugget Horatio, Jr. Alger

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