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bad luck


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bad luck unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event
    • n bad luck an unpredictable outcome that is unfortunate "if I didn't have bad luck I wouldn't have any luck at all"
    • n bad luck an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes
    • ***


  • Christopher Morley
    “We've had bad luck with our kids -- they've all grown up.”
  • Don Shula
    Don Shula
    “Sure, luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.”
  • Christopher Isherwood
    Christopher Isherwood
    “Life is not so bad if you have plenty of luck, a good physique and not too much imagination”
  • John Dewey
    “Luck, bad if not good, will always be with us. But it has a way of favoring the intelligent and showing its back to the stupid.”
  • Douglas William Jerrold
    Douglas William Jerrold
    “Some people are so fond of bad luck they run half way to meet it.”
  • Channing Pollock
    Channing Pollock
    “The only good luck many great men ever had was being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.”


In literature:

Ten I would have made it, John, but for bad luck lately.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
But, as bad luck would have it, just at that time land could not be sold at any price.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
PIG, good and bad luck mixed: a faithful lover but envious friends.
"Tea-Cup Reading, and the Art of Fortune-Telling by Tea Leaves" by 'A Highland Seer'
Bad luck to it, my cold and cough are pretty bad!
"My War Experiences in Two Continents" by Sarah Macnaughtan
To stump your right foot is good luck, but to stump your left foot is bad luck.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Rofflash had had to take to the "road" more than ever and he'd had very bad luck.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
A voyage begun in bad luck, as this ere voyage has been, never ends in good luck.
"The Von Toodleburgs" by F. Colburn Adams
But I'm not going to believe in such bad luck as that would be till it happens.
"Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915" by Anonymous
It is bad luck not to weigh the baby before it is dressed.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
That Kurt was not, was just plain bad luck.
"The Time Traders" by Andre Norton
Sheer bad luck they swear; bad luck that would not happen once in a hundred tries.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume I" by Ian Hamilton
Ole Uncle Peter has had a lot er bad luck in his day, but he has fell on his feet dis time, suh, sho's you bawn.
"The Colonel's Dream" by Charles W. Chesnutt
Hab bin tole dat black cat crossin' road in frunt ob you wuz bad luck.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
I know bad luck when I see it.
"Riders of the Silences" by John Frederick
As stated above, one is grief, or bad luck, if it flies from right to left, but if from left to right it implied success or joy.
"Welsh Folk-Lore a Collection of the Folk-Tales and Legends of North Wales" by Elias Owen
We are children in so far as we cry and suffer when we think of our ills or hurts or wrongs or bad luck.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
I done heard a owl hoot, an' dat's a suah sign ob bad luck.
"The Bobbsey Twins on Blueberry Island" by Laura Lee Hope
Yes, an' they got pea fowl feathers on too; bet all they hev no luck, pea fowl feathers allus bring bad luck.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
Unless I had bad luck, I felt that I ought to get into the final, and win it.
"Love Among the Chickens" by P. G. Wodehouse
There is a saying that it brings bad luck to do harm to a swallow.
"Bird Stories" by Edith M. Patch

In poetry:

Sunday dinner isn't sunny
Easter feasts are just bad luck
When you see it from the viewpoint
Of a chicken or a duck.
"Point Of View" by Shel Silverstein
"Our luck of late is shocking bad,
In fact, the latest catch we had
(We kept the matter shady),
But, hauling in our nets,--alack!
We found no salmon, but a sack
That held your honored Lady!"
"A Poem Served To Order" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
But this I tell you, Polly dear,
One thing in life you need not fear:
Bad luck, I'm certain, never haunts
A child who hunts for what she wants,
And hunts a hayfield over
To find a four-leaved clover.
"A Four-leaved Clover" by Sarah Orne Jewett
I've had all sorts of luck, sometimes bad, sometimes better,
But now I have somebody's luck and my own,
For I stooped in the street and I picked up a letter,
Which some one had written to send away home.
"Paddy's Letter, 1857" by Anonymous Oceania
Sweet bad luck on the waves washed to our island
The hooker of that hammerfast viking
And Gall's curse on the day when Eblana bay
Saw his black and tan man-o'-war.
  (Chorus) Saw his man-o'-war
           On the harbour bar.
"The Ballad of Persse O'Reilly" by James Joyce
But he left us at the last, when the seas and skies were blue,
In his bunk at break of day, as a common man might do:
And we'd weather fair as fair could be, but still we all were fain
To have our poor old Jonah and the bad luck back again.
"The Jonah" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Style / Style Week Giving away: a bad-luck jacket.
Is it bad luck to call a festival a hit before it even happens.
Jet takes his bad luck with grin and a shrug.
Perhaps the number 13 could be bad luck for the game of football in the United States.
Bad luck doesn't deter budding angler.
Fate, bad luck, and a sad set of circumstances - not failure - keep some families poor.
The first time Colts quarterback Andrew Luck looked to him, something bad happened.
President Obama's energy plans have had a long streak of bad luck, what does he have up his sleeve now.
There's bad luck, then there's whatever it is Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood has been cursed with.
My husband's grandmother, who had bad luck with her first two loves, enjoyed telling about her third wedding day.
Bad Luck Snooki Gets Cursed On The Streets Of Italy.
Rob Runkle's had a run of bad luck.
I've had bad phone luck.
The bad luck and bad timing of today's 20-somethings may pass.
J-Si's Blog: Lil bit of bad luck, lil bit of good luck .

In science:

Either current radial velocity surveys have missed a number of high-velocity, metal-rich GCs at large galactocentric radii — perhaps due to some observational bias or simple bad luck — or the density of metal-rich GCs system falls very rapidly indeed to zero beyond several tens of kpc.
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
Perplexed, you decide to check if your luck was bad by selecting other equators for the 50-sphere, but each time you find that every single inhabitan t of the planet lives within ten kilometers of the equator.
Entanglement in Random Subspaces
For example, gamblers attributed “luck” (good or bad) for streaks in outcomes [WK].
Effective Generation of Subjectively Random Binary Sequences
Thus the dip structure in the news’ realization is purely “bad luck”, i.e. a stream of small bad news impact the market.
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents
We insert I ≡ λx.x which, if we observe, we take to mean that either f is unsatisfiable or we have bad luck.
Extending the Lambda Calculus to Express Randomized and Quantumized Algorithms
This is especially true given that the orbital frequency of the spacecraft (164.3 µHz) is, by bad luck, close to four times the large separation of η Boo (164.3/40 = 4.1).
Observations of solar-like oscillations
This is especially true given that the orbital frequency of the spacecraft (164.3 µHz) is, by bad luck, close to four times the large separation of η Boo (164.3/40 = 4.1).
Asteroseismology from solar-like oscillations
This is especially true given that the orbital frequency of the spacecraft (164.3 µHz) is, by bad luck, close to four times the large separation of η Boo (164.3/40 = 4.1).
Observations of solar-like oscillations
Yang et al. conclude that Holmberg simply had too few data points (218 satellites of 58 hosts) and bad luck.
Astrophysics in 2006
They also proposed to play a card game and if the “close LHC” card is drawn (with probability ∼ 10−6 ), really close LHC on the eve of Higgs particle discovery to avoid more severe bad luck.
LHC card games: bringing about retrocausality?
Similarly, a bad luck is awaiting to LHC too.
LHC card games: bringing about retrocausality?
From the statistics only, it would be ”bad luck” to observe a non-coplanar system in a configuration such as α ≈ 0 and Ωp = 0.
Detection of a spectroscopic transit by the planet orbiting the star HD209458