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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.

  • It would a-broke the bad luck, sor, to have let him took the Black.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • 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
  • "We'll break the bad luck seven to-day," asserted little Redpath, bravely.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • 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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