Meaning of “hard-luck story” in the English Dictionary

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"hard-luck story" in British English

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hard-luck storynoun [ C ]

uk /ˌhɑːdˈlʌk ˌstɔː.ri/ us /ˌhɑːrdˈlʌk ˌstɔːr.i/ informal disapproving

a story or piece of information that someone tells you or writes about himself or herself, intended to make you feel sympathy for that person:

She came out with some hard-luck story about never having been loved by her mother.

(Definition of “hard-luck story” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)