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four-leaf clover

[fawr-leef, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌlif, ˈfoʊr-/
a clover leaf having four leaflets instead of the usual three, purported to bring good luck.
Origin of four-leaf clover
First recorded in 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Why, I wanted to give him this four-leaf clover—as a sort o' pleasant hint.

    John March, Southerner George W. Cable
  • He found a four-leaf clover and he said, "Maybe that will change our luck."

    Roy Blakely, Pathfinder Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • But the volume held nothing except a four-leaf clover, which Lloyd had left there to mark the place one summer day.

  • "Let's find a four-leaf clover and fasten it on her," said Migwan.

  • He was rather astonished to see Courtlandt kneeling in the clover-patch, hunting for a four-leaf clover.

    The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath
  • "And we're going to find a four-leaf clover and put it on her and render her impassable," said Hinpoha.

  • Perhaps the four-leaf clover would bring something into her life besides taxes and insurance premiums.

    Rebecca's Promise Frances R. Sterrett
  • I dared not look up, but kept my eyes on the four-leaf clover I was plucking to pieces.

    The Love Story of Abner Stone Edwin Carlile Litsey
  • Rebecca Mary had quite forgotten the mystery of the four-leaf clover in the greater mystery of Richard's love.

    Rebecca's Promise Frances R. Sterrett
  • If Mother's eagle eye spotted a four-leaf clover, we stopped and picked it.

    If You're Going to Live in the Country Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
British Dictionary definitions for four-leaf clover

four-leaf clover

a clover with four leaves rather than three, supposed to bring good luck
another name for cloverleaf (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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