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hard-luck story

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhard-luck storyˌhard-ˈluck ˌstory noun (plural hard-luck stories) [countable]  a story you tell someone about bad things that have happened to you, in order to get their sympathy or help
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hard-luck storyMeeting anybody in Baghdad these days involves listening to a hard-luck story, most of which is likely to be true.
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