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Definition of luck noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    luck

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//lʌk//
     
    [uncountable]
     
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  1. 1 good things that happen to you by chance, not because of your own efforts or abilities With (any) luck, we'll be home before dark. So far I have had no luck with finding a job. Icould hardly believe my luck when he said yes. It was a stroke of luck that we found you. By sheer luck no one was hurt in the explosion. We wish her luck in her new career. You're in luck (= lucky) —there's one ticket left. You're out of luck. She's not here. What a piece of luck! The only goal of the match came more by luck than judgment. Finally my luck ran out and they caught me trying to climb the outer wall. She dared not trust to luck that no one would see her. see also beginner's luck
  2. 2chance; the force that causes good or bad things to happen to people synonym fortune to have good/bad luck I put the loss of the money down to pure bad luck. see also hard-luck story, potluck
  3. Thesaurusluckchance coincidence accident fate destinyThese are all words for things that happen or the force that causes them to happen.luck the force that causes good or bad things to happen to people:This ring has always brought me good luck.chance the way that some things happen without any cause that you can see or understand:The results could simply be due to chance.coincidence the fact of two things happening at the same time by chance, in a surprising way:They met through a series of strange coincidences.accident something that happens unexpectedly and is not planned in advance:I discovered the book by accident while shopping for a birthday present.fate the power that is believed to control everything that happens and that cannot be stopped or changed:Fate decreed that she would not get married that day.destiny the power that is believed to control events:I believe there's some force guiding us—call it God, destiny, or fate.fate or destiny?Fate can be kind, but this is an unexpected gift; just as often, fate is cruel and makes people feel helpless. Destiny is more likely to give people a sense of power: people who have a strong sense of destiny usually believe that they are meant to be great or do great things.Patterns by …luck/chance/coincidence/accident It's no coincidence/accident >that…> pure/sheer luck/chance/coincidence/accident to believe in luck/coincidences/fate/destinyIdioms
    any luck? (informal)
     
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    used to ask someone if they have been successful with something “Any luck?” “No, they're all too busy to help.”
    as luck would have it
     
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    in the way that chance decides what will happen As luck would have it, the train was late.
    bad, hard, etc. luck (on somebody)
     
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    used to express sympathy for someone Bad luck, Helen, you played very well. It's hard luck on him that he wasn't chosen. What rotten luck it had to happen now!
    be down on your luck (informal)
     
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    to have no money because of a period of bad luck
    (the) best of luck (with something), good luck (with something) (informal)
     
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    used to wish someone success with something Best of luck with your exams. I wish you the best of luck. Good luck! I hope it goes well.
    better luck next time (informal)
     
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    used to encourage someone who has not been successful at something
    because you believe it will bring you good luck, or because this is a traditional belief Take something blue. It's for luck.
    good luck to somebody (informal)
     
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    used to say that you do not mind what someone does as it does not affect you, but you hope they will be successful It's not something I would care to try myself but if she wants to, good luck to her.
    just my/somebody's luck (informal)
     
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    used to show you are not surprised something bad has happened to you, because you are not often lucky Just my luck to arrive after they had left.
    your/somebody's luck is in
     
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    used to say that someone has been lucky or successful On a Sunday I didn't expect to find him at his desk but my luck was in.
    the luck of the draw
     
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    the fact that chance decides something, in a way that you cannot control To a large extent the life you have depends on who your parents were; it's just the luck of the biological draw.
    no such luck
     
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    used to show disappointment that something you were hoping for did not happen “Were you chosen for the team?” “No such luck!”
    push your luck, push it/things (informal)
     
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    to take a risk because you have successfully avoided problems in the past You didn't get caught last time, but don't push your luck!
      tough luck (informal)
       
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    1. 1 used to show sympathy for something unfortunate that has happened to someone “I failed by one point.” “That's tough luck.”
    2. 2(ironic) used to show that you do not feel sorry for someone who has a problem “If you take the car, I won't be able to go out.” “Tough luck!”
    try your luck (at something)
     
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    to do something that involves risk or luck, hoping to succeed My grandparents emigrated to Canada to try their luck there.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: luck