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la malchance f noun
pl. malchances
misfortune [mɪsˈfɔ:tʃən] (malheur)

Phrases (3)

  1. avoir malchance - have the bad luck
  2. jouer de malchance - be dogged by bad luck
  3. pour comble de malchance - to crown it all


Il attribue sa pauvreté à la malchance. He ascribes his poverty to bad luck.
Elle a attribué son échec à la malchance. She ascribed her failure to bad luck.
Il attribue souvent ses échecs à la malchance. He often attributes his failures to bad luck.
Certaines personnes superstitieuses en Amérique, croient que si un chat noir croise votre chemin, vous aurez de la malchance. Some superstitious people in America believe that if a black cat crosses your path, you'll have bad luck.
Elle perdit son chemin, et pour comble de malchance, il se mit à pleuvoir. She lost her way and on top of that it began to rain.

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