- the initial good fortune or success commonly supposed to come to a person who has recently taken up a new pursuit, as a sport or game: Catching a large trout the first time you go fishing is simply beginner's luck.
Origin of beginner's luck
First recorded in 1895–1900
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Good fortune in a first attempt or effort, as in I often use a brand-new recipe for a dinner party; I trust beginner's luck. [Late 1800s]
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