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English definition of “hard/tough cheese!”

hard/tough cheese!

UK (US stiff cheese!) informal
something that you say to or about someone who has had something bad happen to them in order to show that you have no sympathy for that person: So he's fed up because he's got to get up early one morning in seven, is he? Well hard cheese!Sympathy and compassion
(Definition of hard/tough cheese! from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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