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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.
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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.
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

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.
See also: charm, like, work

work like a charm

To function very well or have a very good effect or outcome.
See also: charm, like, work
References in classic literature ?
Tomorrow, when he sees how my daughter's son is grown, he will write the charm.
I do not give my sick the mere ink in which a charm is written, but hot and rending drugs which descend and wrestle with the evil.
Why do you have to obey the charm of the Golden Cap?
These new products are designed to add charms with universal and diverse meanings.
When she died 18 years ago, her children each picked the charms that were relevant to them and they disassembled the bracelet.
Kickstarter backers will be rewarded with fun rewards, such as photo charms, digital posters, locket jewelry, monthly charm boxes, and more.
Audrey Lauro, 63, bought the loom band charms from The Entertainer in Captain Cook Square Middlesbrough, for granddaughter Francesca Lauro, nine.
The Entertainer said in a statement that the charms had ndn now been withdrawn from its 91 nationwide stores.
Attach the charms along the length of the chain, and rock your brand new bracelet
Through the ages charms have been worn for many religious or ritual purposes, but the sort of charm bracelet you see here was really a 20th century invention.
To purchase: Make check payable to: Atlanta Chapter, Charms Incorporated and mail to: Atlanta Chapter, Charms Incorporated, Attn: Cheryl Smith, 215 Pebblecreek Place, Atlanta, GA 30331-8069.
And a recent Ross-Simons catalog had a couple of wine-charm giveaways: choose a set of four crystal stems (select patterns from Gorham, Lenox and Mikasa) and receive four free metal wine charms, or get six free charms with sets of eight Waterford Marquis tasting stems.
In the gallant whimsy of physicists, when beauty decays, charm may sometimes remain.
James Avery Jewelry is best known for its connection and meaning inspired designs and extensive charm collection, including new Avery Art Glass Charms.