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  • n. an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes


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  • Lieutenant Colonel Nagel, the OKH liaison officer with Guderian's headquarters, was recalled to the army group at Borisov, where as ill luck would have it,


  • A kind of untoward fate seems inherent in the characters of some persons and makes them the victims of all the ill luck on the road.

    My Boyhood

  • He was certainly unaggressive about his interests, and yet a kind of ill luck seemed to dog his footsteps: for example, once he was to ask a former student to investigate for him a position with a civic welfare organization in New York, and the student was to comply—only to take the job for himself.

    The Worldly Philosophers

  • Li Faa, educated, who could read and write English and Hawaiian and a fair measure of Chinese, claimed to believe in nothing, although in her secret heart she feared the kahunas (Hawaiian witch-doctors), who she was certain could charm away ill luck or pray one to death.


  • I should truck my good luck by mine ill luck trepanned:

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night


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