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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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work like a charm

If something works like a charm, it is very successful or effective. Our little arrangement worked like a charm. The medicine worked like a charm and my life has greatly improved.
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work like a charm

To function very well or have a very good effect or outcome.
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Traveling unchaperoned as a woman of color, Seacole, according to Fish, accomplishes a textual subversion akin that of the colonial mimic, which "enables her to accommodate the discourses and regulatory regimes of empire even as she attempts charmingly to disrupt and refigure them.
Shelley feels under pressure to 'resume service in the bedroom department', as Charlie so charmingly puts it.
Stone includes a few reflections upon personal conversations with Tillich and with Reinhold Niebuhr (whom, charmingly, he calls "Reine") and discusses his own decades-long concern with Tillich's thought.
The romance between the lead couple is charmingly presented even when the duo works as a team providing medical care to Chinese victims of the tong war and other racially motivated incidents.
Teachout starts out charmingly enough, with the moment he fell in love with Balanchine's work.
Music highlights included a charmingly chaotic-feeling set by Super Furry Animals, in which fans jumped on stage and sang along, and a confident performance by Graham Coxon, ex of Blur - who'd looked decidedly ill-at-ease earlier in the day signing autographs for fans.
The charmingly monikered PCVA-HVP20 is a very sleek-looking portable video player with a 20GB internal hard drive.
Originally written by Euday Bowman, it is charmingly arranged by Geoff Haydon and Jim Lyke.
The charmingly irreverent, acid-tongued sex advice columnist winds up the "religious self-righteous" with a cross-country quest for sin, introducing giddy sinners of all seven kinds along the way.
Mark: So the charmingly old-fashioned floppy--archaic as it seems, today--was really the right storage device for this application.
Two Weeks Notice is the story of a slightly neurotic attorney (Bullock) who falls for her charmingly irresponsible and fabulously wealthy client, played by Hugh Grant.
Nestled amid pines and backed by some of the park's rocky ramparts, the lodge offers standard rooms for $70 per night (versus a high-season rate of $90); the cost for one of the lodge's charmingly rustic cabins, sleeping four persons, is just $80 per night (versus $107).
After recycling on the small screen for a couple of years, the entire cast of ReBoot -- the popular computer-animated TV series produced by Vancouver--headquartered Mainframe Entertainment -- is back on the drawing board for new adventures with a "wash and brush--up," as Mainframe CEO and ReBoot creator Ian Pearson describes in charmingly old--school fashion.
Made of uranium, it was 10 feet long (looking charmingly like an elongated trash can with fins), weighed almost 9,000 pounds, and had to be armed prior to flight.
Cuming's work proved invaluable for the continued survival of Great Britain and at long last he has received the recognition he deserved in a most charmingly written and meticulously researched biography.