[ luhk ]
/ lʌk /
the force that seems to operate for good or ill in a person's life, as in shaping circumstances, events, or opportunities: With my luck I'll probably get pneumonia.
good fortune; advantage or success, considered as the result of chance: He had no luck finding work.
a combination of circumstances, events, etc., operating by chance to bring good or ill to a person: She's had nothing but bad luck all year.
some object on which good fortune is supposed to depend: This rabbit's foot is my luck.
Verb Phrases Informal.
luck into/onto, to meet, acquire, become, etc., by good luck: She lucked into a great job.
luck out, to have an instance or run of exceptionally good luck: He lucked out when he made a hole in one during the tournament.
luck upon, to come across by chance: to luck upon a profitable investment.
down on one's luck, in unfortunate circumstances; unlucky: She hated to see her old friend so down on her luck.
in luck, lucky; fortunate: We were in luck, for the bakery was still open.
luck of the draw, the luck one has in or as if in drawing cards.
out of luck, unlucky; unfortunate: When it comes to getting World Series tickets, we're usually out of luck.
push one's luck, Informal. to try to make too much of an opportunity; go too far.Also crowd one's luck.
Origin of luck
1400–50; late Middle English luk < Middle Dutch luc, aphetic form of gelucke; cognate with G. Glück
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British Dictionary definitions for luck of the draw
/ (lʌk) /
events that are beyond control and seem subject to chance; fortune
success or good fortune
something considered to bring good luck
down on one's luck having little or no good luck to the point of suffering hardships
no such luck informal unfortunately not
try one's luck to attempt something that is uncertain
See also luck out
Word Origin for luck
C15: from Middle Dutch luc; related to Middle High German gelücke, late Old Norse lukka, lykka
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Idioms and Phrases with luck of the draw (1 of 2)
luck of the draw
Pure chance, as in It isn't anyone's fault—it's just the luck of the draw. This expression alludes to the random drawing of a playing card. [Mid-1900s]
Idioms and Phrases with luck of the draw (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with luck
- luck into
- luck of the devil
- luck of the draw
- luck out
- as luck would have it
- beginner's luck
- down on one's luck
- good luck
- hard luck
- in luck
- out of luck
- push one's luck
- run of luck
- take pot luck
- tough break (luck)
- try one's hand (luck)
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