tough luck

Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia.
Related to tough luck: luck out, Best Of Luck, down on luck, bygones
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tough luck - an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomestough 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
حَظ سَيِّء


(taf) adjective
1. strong; not easily broken, worn out etc. Plastic is a tough material.
2. (of food etc) difficult to chew.
3. (of people) strong; able to bear hardship, illness etc. She must be tough to have survived such a serious illness.
4. rough and violent. It's a tough neighbourhood.
5. difficult to deal with or overcome. a tough problem; The competition was really tough.
a rough, violent person; a bully.
ˈtoughness noun
ˈtoughen verb
to make or become tough.
tough luck
bad luck. That was tough luck.
get tough with (someone)
to deal forcefully with or refuse to yield to (a person). When he started to argue, I got tough with him.
References in periodicals archive ?
It was tough luck on Celtic,who mounted brave second-half resistance as United pressed.
If it gets rejected, the IRS keeps the $2,000 and you still owe the amount and it's tough luck,'' he said.
In other words, tough luck to those pining to see him don tights for a superhero flick or making macho goo-goo eyes in a romantic comedy.
AMG were the Good Bad Boys, tough luck numbers, bus station specials, but most with a sweetness about them.
If a business owner speaks a foreign language, tough luck.
One is left feeling that this must be the material of the future (and tough luck for the developed West that it doesn't grow here).
No offers of coffee and doughnuts, no genuine sounding apology, it was just tough luck, guys.
If a virus enters a ViraLock-protected computer looking to e-mail itself out, tough luck.
Tough luck on Lauren Platt after she fell at the X Factor's semi-final hurdle.
It was still tough luck for head coach Richard Gunney.
Tough luck on the careers of soldiers prepared to die for their country.