lap of the gods


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lap of the gods

A state beyond possible human control, intervention, or responsibility; a state or condition that is or will be decided by nature or fate. Usually used in the phrase "in the lap of the gods." I'm afraid we've done all we can to treat your father's heart attack. His recovery is in the lap of the gods, now.
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Now the visa's in the lap of the Gods because the players have to sort it out at their end.
MARTIN O'Neill admits he is delighted with his players this season and feels they deserve the position they are in as the 2009-10 season reaches the half-way point - but insists whether the team can maintain their good status is "in the lap of the gods.
Spencer said: "It's in the lap of the gods now but she is fine and we just want some safe decent ground at Epsom.
It's now in the lap of the gods - or the hands of Rod, maybe," he added.
I don't think the lap of the Gods were with us," said Turner.
Parents are invited to put down six schools in order of preference and the rest is largely in the lap of the gods, fuelling much anxious waiting.
It was very disappointing although I suppose you're in the lap of the gods.
That's all it means, and the rest is in the lap of the gods, I guess.
Today's meeting at Chepstow, which was still frozen in places yesterday, hangs on an 8am inspection and clerk of the course Keith Ottesen admitted: "It's in the lap of the gods.
Lawson said: "We are in the lap of the gods somewhat with the weather.
One day someone will not lift when they should back off and then there will be an accident and it will be in the lap of the gods what happens.
Mr Stern added: "We are in the lap of the gods with the weather.
But I don't think Alex's tactics have been as bad as sometimes made out, and it's very much in the lap of the gods how well the players he picks do out there.
Henry Wemyss, head of British watercolours at Sotheby's, said: "It is in the lap of the gods if it comes back to Britain.
If we don't win tonight then we don't deserve to go through but if we win it will be in the lap of the gods.