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Star-crossed lovers

What's the meaning of the phrase 'Star-crossed lovers'?

Portrait of William ShakespeareStar-crossed means unlucky, that is, not favoured by the stars.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Star-crossed lovers'?

The phrase originates from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, 1592:

A paire of starre-crost louers, take their life.

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