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    "has had its share of "

    Dear Anglika/other English professionals,

    would you please be so kind as to clarify to me what “to have its share of” exactly mean?

    I am referring to an article from the Financial Times, which reads:

    “The city has had its share of calamities and misfortunes over the past five centuries, since it first cropped up in the historical record.”

    So, does this has had its share of calamities and misfortunes mean that the city is somewhat responsible for whatever bad happened there within the five centuries, or that it really did suffer a lot the calamities and misfortunes and that those calamities and misfortunes took a heavy toll on it?

    Thank you very much in advance!


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    Re: "has had its share of "

    have had its (fair) share of something / have had more than your (fair) share of something

    to have had more of something unpleasant than other people when you do not deserve it; e.g., Jane's had more than her fair share of bad luck recently, what with losing her job and getting divorced.

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