One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to express sympathy over a petty matter.
- ‘This is hard cheese for many producers across the EU.’
- ‘And that was just hard cheese for particle physicists, and for many years the best people worked on quantum gravity to no avail.’
- ‘Of course, I trust them implicitly, just as I trust all experts with letters after their names, so I rang the Vat helpline. They said hard cheese, your accountants are right.’
- ‘Your obnoxious politician was quoted in an American blog as saying: ‘America is going to do what it likes or hard cheese.’’
- ‘But if protecting them means doing or allowing harm to us, if it really is ‘us or them’, then hard cheese on them.’
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