"We were doing our best and had some rotten bad luck."
We'd have done just fine on our own, if it hadn't been for rotten bad luck.
He just had the rotten luck of being born in the wrong century.
It's no wonder they all have such rotten luck with men.
All right, he was sorry; rotten luck to come home only to be told that your mom had died.
Rotten luck, but you appear to be in good health otherwise.
It was symbolic, so to speak, of his rotten luck.
He further wrote "as rotten luck would have it there was a newspaper strike which started just a few days before we opened."
That little trip across the park had made all the difference; I told you it was rotten luck.
"If he's so great a wizard, why do we have such rotten luck?"