ill luck

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ill luck an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes
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Usage

In literature:

Upon this occasion, poor Lilly had the ill-luck to be deemed one of the latter class.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 13, Issue 368, May 2, 1829" by Various
Poor Mr. Day was not prepared for such continued ill-luck in his matrimonial projects.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 6, No. 38, December, 1860" by Various
Says that I can't break a mirror twice without ill-luck following it.
"Deep Waters, The Entire Collection" by W.W. Jacobs
There's a way to turn ill luck!
"Balcony Stories" by Grace E. King
It is by good fortune also that Damayanti's ill-luck hath at last come to an end.
"Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1" by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
The dance goes on for hours and is thought to avert ill-luck from the fair.
"Balder The Beautiful, Vol. I." by Sir James George Frazer
He could not ride at all, and by ill luck was given one of the most vicious horses in the troop.
"Toaster's Handbook" by Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
Yes, other men have ill luck, too.
"The Merchant of Venice [liberally edited by Charles Kean]" by William Shakespeare
Gwynplaine thought he had drained to the dregs the cup of his ill-luck.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
All sorts of ill luck will befall you.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. IX., March, 1862., No. LIII." by Various
The poor man lost patience and complained bitterly of his ill luck.
"Folk Tales from the Russian" by Various
We had the ill-luck not to see a single crocodile, although the river is said to be full of them, all of ferocious temper.
"The Head Hunters of Northern Luzon From Ifugao to Kalinga" by Cornelis De Witt Willcox
As ill-luck would have it, the wind rose, to the great horror of the inhabitants whose houses were to windward.
"Corea or Cho-sen" by A (Arnold) Henry Savage-Landor
Abbey-lands are supposed by many to carry ill-luck with them, and quickly to change hands.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science" by Various
Lars, the victor, has all the ill-luck.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science" by Various
There is a reason for their ill luck.
"Don Orsino" by F. Marion Crawford
He felt that satisfaction, and laughed at Darkey, who was one of those who moan about 'ill-luck' and 'victims of circumstance.
"Tales of the Five Towns" by Arnold Bennett
Even were it murder, I will pay the weregild for you, and you shall have cause to say that the place has no ill luck for you.
"A Prince of Cornwall" by Charles W. Whistler
They all liked his song very well, and said that the young man had but ill-luck.
"The Sources and Analogues of 'A Midsummer-night's Dream'" by Compiled by Frank Sidgwick
That the cup of ill-luck is drained to the dregs, When a man's in his cups and not on his legs!
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I., No. IV., April, 1862" by Various
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In poetry:

So we'll ne'er surrender tamely
To the ills that throng us fast.
If we must die, let's die gamely;
Luck may take a turn at last.
"Thick-Headed Thoughts: Part 3" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
Aussie cobbers, strong thro' striving,
Chastened by ill-luck are thriving;
Now that better days are near
Here's a prosperous New Year!
"A New Year's Toast" by C J Dennis
A leap—they gain the boat—and there
The goodman wields his oar;
"Ill luck betide them all," he cried,
"The laggards on the shore."
"The Exiles. 1660" by John Greenleaf Whittier
But I’ll try my luck for a cheque Out Back,
Then a last good-bye to the bush;
For my heart’s away on the Outside Track,
On the track of the steerage push.
"The Outside Track" by Henry Lawson
When, a mischief! Were they seven
Strings the lyre possessed?
Oh, and afterwards eleven,
Thank you! Well, sir,--who had guessed
Such ill luck in store?--it happed
One of those same seven strings snapped.
"A Tale" by Robert Browning
Oh, think of us, if you will, you friends we leave at home,
A-listing like a log in the lone Atlantic foam;
Oh, think you of us now and then, ill-fitted and worse found,
A-hanging on the skirts of luck this weary world around.
"The China Sea" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Luck plays a part in recovery from illness.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star look a leading role in Terry Gilliam's ill-fated late 1990s epic, which became the documentary Lost in La Mancha - about a movie project that fell apart due to financing problems and bad luck.
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