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tough shit

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tough shit


(Variations: luck or nibs or noogies or patootie or rocks or teabags or tiddy or titty or titties may replace shit) That's too bad; that's a terrible shame •Often ironical and mocking: Lord, what tough luck/ ''Tough tiddy,'' the Boss said/ to which one has to say, with whatever empathy, ''tough nibs''/ ''And guess what they had the nerve to tell me.'' ''Tough patootie''/ That's tough shit, man, my heart really bleeds/ Well, tough titty

[entry form 1940s+, luck 1886+, noogies 1960s+, tiddy 1934+; most forms probably fr black or Southern; the mammary forms seem based on a black folk-saying, ''It's tough titty, but the milk is good'']

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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