Bad break


an instance of bad luck
Contemporary Examples

So I close in saying that I might have had a bad break, but I have an awful lot to live for.
The Stacks: The Day Lou Gehrig Delivered Baseball’s Gettysburg Address Ray Robinson July 3, 2014

Historical Examples

Others might not realize, as he did, that Timothy was the victim of a bad break.
Ticktock and Jim Keith Robertson

It isn’t a bad break, he says, and Mark wants to keep his place.
Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden

The poor professor made a bad break I suppose, grinned Neale.
The Corner House Girls Among the Gypsies Grace Brooks Hill

It will be a bad break on the festivities he was preparing for the village people.
The Woman Thou Gavest Me Hall Caine

But let a player make a bad break, and McGraw delivers a talk to him that would have to be written on asbestos paper.
Pitching in a Pinch Christy Mathewson

Even nature is full of evidence of a bad break in all of its processes.
Quiet Talks with World Winners S. D. Gordon

The team as a whole, however, was worried a good deal by Bobbys bad break.
The Girls of Central High at Basketball Gertrude W. Morrison

Ralph wanted to keep a clear slate, and here was a bad break, right at the threshold of his new railroad career.
Ralph on the Overland Express Allen Chapman

You think only of money until you make a bad break an’ loose it all.
The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore


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