run of luck

Also, run of bad luck. A continued spell of good (or bad) fortune, as in The builder had a run of luck with day after day of good weather, or Nothing was going right; he was having a long run of bad luck. Originally used mainly in games of chance, this idiom was first recorded in 1782, but the use of run for a continued spell of something dates from the late 1600s.


Nearby words

  1. run into,
  2. run into a stone wall,
  3. run into the ground,
  4. run its course,
  5. run like clockwork,
  6. run of the mill,
  7. run off,
  8. run off at the mouth,
  9. run off with,
  10. run on

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