Definition of “hard/tough cheese!” - English Dictionary

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“hard/tough cheese!” in British English

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hard/tough cheese!

UK informal Australian English also stiff cheese!

something that you say to indicate that you have no sympathy for someone or cannot do anything to help them:

This is the only food we have left, and if you don't like it, hard cheese.

(Definition of “hard/tough cheese!” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)