Are there any differences in the meaning of or when we use the idioms 'just my luck!' and 'it's/that's the story of my life'? The definitions in the Cambridge Dictionary are:

  • just my luck!: something that you say when something bad happens to you
  • it's/that's the story of my life: said when something bad happens to you that has happened to you many times before

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There is no difference in the general meaning or the appropriateness for different occasions.

Just my luck - That's typical of the bad luck I often have.

It's the story of my life - Things like that often happen to me.

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