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    Idiom 'tough rocks for smb'

    What does an idiom 'tough rocks for smb' mean?

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    Re: Idiom 'tough rocks for smb'

    Quote Originally Posted by marenparn View Post
    What does an idiom 'tough rocks for smb' mean?
    It's not an idiom I've met, but presumably it means 'hard luck for somebody'. 'Hard luck' [=bad luck] used to be (early 20th c.) 'hard lines'. Other variants: 'tough luck' (informal), 'tough bananas' (even less formal), 'tough titty' (jocular, not very polite), and 'tough sh...' (perhaps three variants are enough!)

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    Re: Idiom 'tough rocks for smb'

    Another one (also informal): 'hard cheese'

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    Re: Idiom 'tough rocks for smb'

    In AmE, "tough rocks" simply means "too bad" in a sarcastic, non-sympathetic manner.

    "Why can't I use this coupon? It just expired yesterday."
    "I guess you should've used it yesterday, then. Tough rocks for you."

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    Re: Idiom 'tough rocks for smb'

    I guessed it was AmE, but couldn't find it in the Urban Dictionary.

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