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hard-luck story

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hard-luck story

noun phrase

A tale calculated to gain sympathy and help: He gives me the same old hard-luck story every time (1900+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • This is typical of thousands of families all over Franceā€”it is not a hard-luck story.

    War Days in Brittany Elsie Deming Jarves
  • I found somebody who listened sympathetically to my hard-luck story.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • I often think of it when some man comes to me with a hard-luck story.

    Saturday's Child Kathleen Norris
  • But there's no need going into my hard-luck story; it's like a lot of our stories here.

    Stories That End Well Octave Thanet
  • I think he came to Mr. Appleby with some sort of a hard-luck story, and the manager said he would give him a chance.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • I found Scotty in the engine room of a speedy gasoline craft and pried his mouth open with a hard-luck story.

    Fighting Byng A. Stone
  • If it was Wall Street he had a reminiscence and a scheme; if gambling, a hard-luck story and a system.

    Marse Henry (Vol. 2) Henry Watterson
  • Why couldn't you tell him a hard-luck story and get to sleep in his tack-room nights?

    Old Man Curry Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

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