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  • n. Misfortune.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes
  • n. an unpredictable outcome that is unfortunate
  • n. unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event


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  • Yellow was the most valued color, a stroke of bad luck for species like Drepanis pacifica, the Hawaii mamo, with its bright yellow rump highlighted against a starling-black body.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • Spirited stuff, and it was just sheer bad luck that the Bishop and other visiting Pecksniffs should already be taking tea with Elspeth and Miss Prentice when we rolled in through the french windows, the damp and dirty grandlings in full voice and myself measuring my ancient length across the threshold, flask and all.

    Flashman and the angel of the lord

  • It was their bad luck that in the spring of 2002 a handwritten, anonymous letter arrived at the FBI office in Buffalo, New York, charging that terrorists had come to Lackawanna “for recruiting the Yemenite youth.”

    The Longest War

  • Gigantic sea birds called albatrosses grew more and more numerous as they inched southward, but when an ambitious marine got out his musket because he fancied roast albatross for dinner, the crew restrained him in horror; it was bad luck to the ship to kill one of these kings of the air.

    Morgan’s Run

  • It was hoped that this code would sufficiently blind the god of bad luck to the fact that STS-41G was actually the thirteenth shuttle mission.

    Riding Rockets

  • Some will break a mirror, cry bad luck for seven years

    Ida Cox Lyrics

  • Apart from the bad luck it might bring, he could hardly have done worse than insult King Zeus.

    The Bull From The Sea

  • NASA did not want to have the bad luck number 13 hanging on a shuttle mission, particularly given the near disaster ofApollo 13.

    Riding Rockets

  • THE STORY OF the Hurricane fighter aircraft from its inception to its last flight follows no rosy path to success but strangely seems almost to imitate the pattern of great human lives, in which frustra - tion precedes achievement and tragedies — often needless ones, or resulting from sheer bad luck - are intermingled with the success, the glory and the shouting.

    The HurricaneStory

  • This bad luck was tantalizing, for to land on a bar when your boat is under full headway down-stream in the Missouri River is no trifling matter, especially if you want to make time, for the rapid and turbid stream quickly depositing sand under the hull, makes it commonly a task of several days to get your boat off again.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories


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