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Tough break


Misfortune. ‘Break’ implies a bad turn of events; ‘tough’ implies an unhappy result. Probably derives from broken bones, one can have a ‘good’ bone break which will heal easily and the opposite is a very bad break that requires lengthy recuperation.

“Getting laid off from your new job because of the Covid-19 pandemic is a tough break, especially with your college loan to pay-off.”

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