hard-luck story Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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hard-luck storynoun [C]

uk   /ˌhɑːdˈlʌkˌstɔː.ri/  us   /ˌhɑːrdˈlʌkˌstɔːr.i/ informal disapproving
a ​story or ​piece of ​information that someone ​tells you or writes about himself or herself, ​intended to make you ​feelsympathy 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)
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