A tale calculated to gain sympathy and help: He gives me the same old hard-luck story every time (1900+)
This is a woman who came out of the kind of hard-luck story that she handles so well, and built an enormous media empire.
This is typical of thousands of families all over France—it is not a hard-luck story.
I found somebody who listened sympathetically to my hard-luck story.
I often think of it when some man comes to me with a hard-luck story.
But there's no need going into my hard-luck story; it's like a lot of our stories here.
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.
I found Scotty in the engine room of a speedy gasoline craft and pried his mouth open with a hard-luck story.
If it was Wall Street he had a reminiscence and a scheme; if gambling, a hard-luck story and a system.
Why couldn't you tell him a hard-luck story and get to sleep in his tack-room nights?