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third time's a charm

The belief or hope that the third attempt at something will be successful. Primarily heard in US. I hope the third time's a charm—I've already failed this test twice already!
See also: charm, third

charm the pants off (one)

To please and entice one, often in an attempt to yield a desired result. The school really tried to charm the pants off me during my visit this weekend, but I'm still not interested in going there.
See also: charm, off, pant

charm (someone) with (something)

To enthrall and interest someone with something. During my visit this weekend, the school tried to charm me with activities and future internship opportunities, but I'm still just not interested in going there. She's no fool, so you'll have a hard time charming her with money alone.
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charm someone with something

to enchant or fascinate someone with something. He charmed her with stories of his house on the beach. She charmed him with her bright smile.
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charm the pants off someone

Fig. to use very charming behavior to persuade someone to do something. (Use with caution.) She is so nice. She just charms the pants off you. He will try to charm the pants off you, but you can still refuse to take the job if you don't want to do it.
See also: charm, off, pant

third time's the charm

Prov. The third time you try to do something, it will work. Jill: I've called Miriam twice, but she doesn't answer her phone. Jane: Try again. The third time's the charm.
See also: charm, third

work like a charm

to operate perfectly The modem is easy to install and works like a charm in my computer.
Related vocabulary: like a dream
See also: charm, like, work

work like a charm

if a plan or method works like a charm, it has exactly the effect that you want it to I tried that stain remover you gave me on my tablecloth and it worked like a charm.
See also: charm, like, work

charm the pants off

see under pants off.
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pants off, the

This phrase is used to intensify the meaning of verbs such as bore or charm or kid or scare or talk . For example, That speech bored the pants off us, or It was a real tornado and scared the pants off me. Playwright Eugene O'Neill used it in Ah, Wilderness! (1933): "I tell you, you scared the pants off him," and Evelyn Waugh, in A Handful of Dust (1934), had a variation, "She bores my pants off." [Colloquial; early 1900s] Also see bore to death; beat the pants off.
See also: pant

work like a charm

Function very well, have a good effect or outcome, as in That knife-sharpener works like a charm, or Her deferential manner worked like a charm; he agreed to everything they'd asked for. This expression uses charm in the sense of "a magic spell." [Mid-1800s] Also see work wonders.
See also: charm, like, work

work like a charm

To function very well or have a very good effect or outcome.
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Like the old bracelets, the new ones are also used to tell stories like the little girl who bought a butterfly charm for her grandmother because she herself loves the winged insects.
Audrey Lauro, 63, bought the loom band charms from The Entertainer in Captain Cook Square Middlesbrough, for granddaughter Francesca Lauro, nine.
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John had heard Charm singing that song on that Tuesday as he watched her for the first time from behind a copy of the Mersey Beat newspaper.
By the 1950s the fashion for charm bracelets had spread, with most jewellers stocking small commemorative or souvenir charms that could be added gradually to a bracelet.
Charm bracelets in particular were hugely popular amongst the Victorians, who always had a bit of a mania for collecting gewgaws of every ilk.
I feel so sad, but I'm also afraid because we close at 11,'' said Pat Satimai, a waitress at Siam Cabin Thai Chinese Cuisine, across the street from Charm Thai.
Girls can customize their charm-based bracelets, necklaces, barrettes and Hair Flings with more than 125 different charms that reflect their personal style, from music notes to sports charms, flowers, initials and more.
It was Free House's second victory in a $1 million race in the past seven months - he also won the Pacific Classic at Del Mar in August - and it ended a four-race losing streak to Silver Charm.
A "lighthearted drama with serious issues at heart," Lucky Charm underscores the importance of friendship, courage and responsibility.
Who can blame Baffert if he strains for excuses after Silver Charm records the worst back-to-back finishes of his career?
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For a sports star in the media age, Silver Charm gets off easy.
Charms and Charm Bracelets: The Complete Guide is a price guide to charm bracelets from the 19th century to the present, illustrated with over 300 color photographs and featuring jewelry ranging in composition from gold to plastic.