ill luck


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Noun1.ill luck - an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomesill luck - an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes
circumstances, luck, destiny, fate, fortune, lot, portion - your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you); "whatever my fortune may be"; "deserved a better fate"; "has a happy lot"; "the luck of the Irish"; "a victim of circumstances"; "success that was her portion"
weakness - the condition of being financially weak; "the weakness of the dollar against the yen"
adversity, hard knocks, hardship - a state of misfortune or affliction; "debt-ridden farmers struggling with adversity"; "a life of hardship"
gutter, sewer, toilet - misfortune resulting in lost effort or money; "his career was in the gutter"; "all that work went down the sewer"; "pensions are in the toilet"
hard cheese - bad luck
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Here ill luck, or rather good luck, sent Mrs Western to see her maid in tears, which began to flow plentifully at her approach; and of which being asked the reason by her mistress, she presently acquainted her that her tears were occasioned by the rude treatment of that creature there--meaning Honour.
Nothing could hunt it, because its whole body was covered with scales, which were harder than stone or metal; its two great eyes shone by night, and even by day, like the brightest lamps, and anyone who had the ill luck to look into those eyes became as it were bewitched, and was obliged to rush of his own accord into the monster's jaws.
But I have noticed that those who continually dread ill luck and fear it will overtake them, have no time to take advantage of any good fortune that comes their way.
For heaven's sake, don't think of me, but fly from this place, Take care, it bears ill luck to the De Witts
He reflected that when ill luck begins, it does not come in sprinkles, but in showers.
It was said that ill luck of one kind or another always overtook any one who had the misfortune to hear that song.
Time passed on again, and the youngest son too wished to set out into the wide world to seek for the golden bird; but his father would not listen to it for a long while, for he was very fond of his son, and was afraid that some ill luck might happen to him also, and prevent his coming back.
They were too much absorbed in hating themselves -- hating the ill luck that made them take the spade and the pick there.
As ill luck will have it, monsieur le comte left home two hours ago.
But about this time he had the ill luck to push his sport too far, and did accidentally kill a knight in the open lists.
The Crusheen man insisted ill luck will follow all those involved in clearing the tri-vallate ring fort, which is estimated to be thousands of years old, adding it is a question of when and not if fairies take their revenge.
The 19 who died initially were part of National Guard Company A of the 116th Infantry Regiment, and they had the ill luck to storm the one beach, Omaha Beach, in which Allied bombing had failed miserably to soften the German defenses.