rue the day

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rue the day (third-person singular simple present rues the day, present participle ruing the day, simple past and past participle rued the day)

  1. (idiomatic) To seriously regret one's actions.
    • 1987, Withnail and I:
      I: I think there may be something living in there. I think there may be something alive.
      Withnail: What d'you mean? A rat?
      I: It's possible. It's possible.
      Withnail: Then the fucker will rue the day!

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