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bad luck

see under run of luck.

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Related Words

misfortunehardshipsetbacktragedyadversityblowmischancereverse

Examples from the Web for bad luck

Historical Examples

  • After all, bad-luck was never more than bad-luck seen in the Book of Job.

    The Romantic Lady

    Michael Arlen

  • But I told you, Iris, that I meant just the fact of bad-luck, not any particular loss from it.

    The Romantic Lady

    Michael Arlen

  • The children of that day believed in spells and charms and bad-luck signs, all learned of their negro guardians.

  • I never knew ennyboddy yet to git stung by hornets, who kept away from whare they wazit iz jist so with bad-luck.