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English definition of “woe is me”

woe is me

old use or humorous
said to express how unhappy you are: I'm cold and wet and I haven't even got enough money for my bus fare home. Oh woe is me!Feeling sad and unhappy
(Definition of woe is me from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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