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  • That memorable moment when Swayze finally manages to heave, sorry, lift Jennifer Grey off the ground to recap, they've tried the lift before, for a competition, and not pulled it off … after much ill-fortune, his holiday camp-dancing career seems to be over, and she's been relegated back to childhood … is a metaphor for losing your virginity.

    Dirty Dancing: it's not just about sex

  • Liverpool's Rob Jones and Manchester City's Paul Lake would have been international regulars in the preceding generation but for ill-fortune and we should think of them when the barbs are flying about for the regularly "crocked".

    England's crocks could have helped the 'golden generation' to shine | Rob Bagchi

  • A wonderful story of love and revenge, it follows a man's return to London after a miscarriage of justice and transportation in search of his lost wife and daughter who wreaks vengeance on those responsible for his ill-fortune.

    This week's new theatre and dance

  • These forces are not preternatural -- the Serb militias are real enough -- but by the end of the book one does feel that the Sarajevans are being subjected to a speeded-up version of the distress and ill-fortune life ulitmately inflicts on almost everyone.

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  • Loaf was treating him now the way he treated wealthy customers who by some bit of ill-fortune were reduced to stopping at his tavern.

    Pathfinder

  • She had noble soldiers and experienced commanders at her call, yet these did not suffice to stay the tide of her ill-fortune — so lacking in the genius of war were her active directors.

    The First World War Memoirs of Sampson J. Goodfellow, Part 5: The Cookhouse Revolution

  • When I reached the Valley pike Crook had reorganized his men, and as I desired that they should take part in the fight, for they were the very same troops that had turned Early's flank at Winchester and at Fisher's Hill, I ordered them to be pushed forward; and the alacrity and celerity with which they moved on Middletown demonstrated that their ill-fortune of the morning had not sprung from lack of valor.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

  • But more still flowed from this victory, succeeding as it did the disaster of the morning, for the reoccupation of our old camps at once re-established a morale which for some hours had been greatly endangered by ill-fortune.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

  • He seemed not to notice me and said nothing, so that I wondered if by ill-fortune I had stumbled on a Humper who couldn't talk, but when the sun came close to the horizon he stood and began herding the sheep along a fairly easy route home.

    Enjoyment

  • It was as though life had been a terrible swindle up until now, and her very ill-fortune made her believe her luck had to change.

    The Devil's Bedpost

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