One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘they remain steadfast in the face of adversity’
misfortune, ill luck, bad luck, trouble, difficulty, hardship, distress, disaster, misadventure, suffering, affliction, sorrow, misery, heartbreak, heartache, wretchedness, tribulation, woe, pain, trauma, torment, torture
mishap, stroke of ill luck, stroke of bad luck, accident, shock, upset, reverse, reversal, reversal of fortune, setback, crisis, catastrophe, tragedy, calamity, trial, cross, burden, blow, buffet, vicissitude, issue
hard times, dire straits, trials and tribulations
informal hell, hell on earth, hassle, stress
literary dolour, travails
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