an unpleasant, difficult, or adverse situation: It's hard cheese for the unskilled worker these days.
Origin of hard cheese
First recorded in 1875–80
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Related Words for hard cheesemisfortune, hardship, setback, tragedy, adversity, blow, mischance, reverse
sentence substitute, noun
British slang bad luck
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