luck1 [ lʌk ] noun uncount **
1. ) success that you have by chance and not because of anything you do:
John never had much luck with girls.
wish someone luck (in/with something): We'd all like to wish you luck in your new job.
2. ) an influence that seems to make things, especially good things, happen to people for no particular reason:
There was an element of luck in the last basket.
good/bad luck: He's had nothing but bad luck since moving to New York.
sheer/pure luck: It was sheer luck that we found the house.
bring luck: It's a custom that is believed to bring good luck.
it's bad luck (=it brings you bad luck): Many people believe it's bad luck to walk under a ladder.
your luck runs out (=you are not lucky any more): Their luck is bound to run out sometime.
your luck changes (=you suddenly become lucky or not lucky): Perhaps your luck will change and you'll meet someone really nice.
your luck holds/lasts (=you continue to be lucky): My luck held and I found a gas station just in time.
any luck? SPOKEN
used for asking someone if they were able to get or do something
as luck would have it
used for saying that you were or were not lucky in some way:
As luck would have it, there was one seat left.
better luck next time SPOKEN
used for encouraging someone who has not been successful at something
do something for luck
to do something that you think could make you lucky:
I always wear this necklace for luck.
down on your luck
having a long period of difficulty finding work and earning money
good luck/best of luck
used for telling someone that you wish them success:
Good luck in your driving test!
good luck to someone SPOKEN
used for saying that you do not care what someone does and doubt they will be successful:
If he wants to ask for a pay raise, good luck to him!
in luck
able to get or do something you wanted that did not seem likely:
You're in luck. We have one pair left in your size.
just my luck SPOKEN
used for saying that something bad happened because you are not a lucky person
luck is on someone's side
if luck is on your side, things happen the way you want them to
the luck of the draw
used for saying people have limited control over what life brings them
no such luck SPOKEN
used for saying that something good that might have happened did not happen
not believe your luck
to feel that something extremely lucky has happened to you:
She couldn't believe her luck at meeting him.
out of luck
unable to have or do something that you wanted
push your luck
to risk losing what you have already achieved by trying to do or get more
a run of bad luck
a number of bad things happening close together in time
some people have all the luck
used for saying someone has more success than they deserve
a stroke/piece of luck
something that happens by chance and helps you achieve something
tough luck SPOKEN
used for saying you have no sympathy for someone's difficulty
trust to luck
to believe the things that should happen will happen
try/chance your luck (at something)
to try something that may not be successful
with any luck/with a little luck
used for saying that you hope a particular thing happens:
With any luck, this time next year I'll be living in France.
luck 2 [ lʌk ] verb
,luck `into phrasal verb transitive AMERICAN INFORMAL
to find or achieve something good by chance:
I lucked into a great apartment on the beach.
,luck `out phrasal verb intransitive INFORMAL
to be lucky:
We lucked out and got the last two tickets.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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