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born under a lucky star

Favored by or having extremely good fortune or luck. Janet found a fantastic job as soon as she finished college; I guess she was just born under a lucky star. That bus almost hit you! You must have been born under a lucky star to come out unscathed.
See also: born, lucky, star

(one's) lucky day

A particular day or moment in one's life when one experiences extremely good luck, fortune, or favor. Wow, that's the third hand of poker I've won in a row—it must be my lucky day! Sir, today is your lucky day: you've been selected for an all-expenses-paid trip to the Bahamas!
See also: lucky

lucky devil

Someone who has just experienced particularly good fortune, generally of whom the speaker is envious to some degree. You just won an all-expenses-paid trip to the Bahamas? You lucky devil! Dan: "I hear Janet is getting a settlement of nearly $2 million for her work injury." Patrick: "That lucky devil, all she did was break her ankle; now she's set for life!"
See also: devil, lucky

lucky dip

1. noun A game in which a person (typically a child) pays to search through a container in the hopes of picking out a prize that cannot be seen. Primarily heard in UK. I remember playing the lucky dip when I was young. In those days, cheap little toys were hidden in barrels of sawdust, and you had to pick them out with your eyes closed!
2. noun Any process or method in which the outcome is chosen or selected at random or without certainty. Primarily heard in UK. Buying a car online that's worth your money can be something of a lucky dip.
3. adjective (hyphenated and used before a noun) Of or having a process of random selection. Primarily heard in UK. To make room selection fair for all incoming students, the university decided to implement a lucky-dip system for room assignments.
See also: dip, lucky

third time lucky

The belief or hope that the third attempt at something will be successful. Primarily heard in UK. I hope to make it third time lucky after failing this test twice already!
See also: lucky, third, time

bless (one's) lucky star(s)

An expression of appreciation for a beneficial occurrence. You should bless your lucky stars that you managed to avoid that violent car accident. We bless our lucky star that we were able to get a home in this neighborhood at such a reasonable price.
See also: bless, lucky

(one) should be so lucky

That is very unlikely to happen or be the case. The phrase is used sarcastically or with a sense of resignation. A: "Do you think you'll get the promotion?" B: "I should be so lucky!" You think Paula likes Brad? He should be so lucky!
See also: lucky, should

get lucky

1. To experience sudden good fortune. Whew, I got lucky when the teacher didn't collect the homework assignment I'd forgotten to do.
2. slang To have sex, especially with someone that one has only just met. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Hey, what happened with that gorgeous woman you met at the bar last night? Did you get lucky?
See also: get, lucky


Always happy or in a pleasant mood; carefree. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Arya is so happy-go-lucky that I doubt any negative thing you say would bother her.

thank (one's) lucky stars

An expression of appreciation for a beneficial occurrence. You should thank your lucky stars that you managed to avoid that violent car accident. We thank our lucky stars that we were able to get a home in this neighborhood at such a reasonable price.
See also: lucky, star, thank

Bless one's lucky star,

 and Bless one's stars.
Prov. Be thankful for a lucky thing that happened. (Also Bless my Stars!, a mild interjection of surprise.) I bless my lucky star that I met you, dear. I was in a car crash yesterday, and I bless my stars that no one was hurt. Alan: Look, honey! I gave the house a thorough cleaning while you were away. Jane: Bless my stars!
See also: bless, lucky, star

It is better to be born lucky than rich.

Prov. If you are born rich, you may lose your money, but if you are born lucky, you will always get what you need or want just by chance. Maybe your family doesn't have a lot of money, but you are lucky, you know. And it's better to be born lucky than rich.
See also: better, born, lucky, rich

Lucky at cards, unlucky in love.

Prov. If you frequently win at card games, you will not have happy love affairs. (Can imply the converse, that if you do not win at card games, you will have happy love affairs.) Fred: I wish I was George. He always wins tons of money at our poker games. Alan: Don't be jealous of him. Lucky at cards, unlucky in love.
See also: love, lucky

lucky break

 and a nice break; a big break
significant good fortune or opportunity. I need a lucky break about now. She's never had a lucky break. Mary is going to get a big break soon.
See also: break, lucky

lucky dog

Fig. a lucky person. You won the lottery? You are a lucky dog!
See also: dog, lucky

lucky for you

a phrase introducing a description of an event that favors the person being spoken to. Andy: Lucky for you the train was delayed. Otherwise you'd have to wait till tomorrow morning for the next one. Fred: That's luck, all right. I'd hate to have to sleep in the station. Jane: I hope I'm not too late. Sue: Lucky for you, everyone else is late too.
See also: lucky

*lucky streak

 and *streak of luck
Fig. a series of lucky wins in gambling or games. (*Typically: be on ~; have ~.) Thanks to a lucky streak, I won enough in Las Vegas to pay for the trip.
See also: lucky, streak

strike it rich

to acquire wealth suddenly. If I could strike it rich, I wouldn't have to work anymore. Sally ordered a dozen oysters and found a huge pearl in one of them. She struck it rich!
See also: rich, strike

thank one's lucky stars

Fig. to be thankful for one's luck. You can thank your lucky stars that I was there to help you. I thank my lucky stars that I studied the right things for the test.
See also: lucky, star, thank

born under a lucky star

Very fortunate, as in Peter comes out ahead no matter what he tries; he was born under a lucky star. That stars influence human lives is an ancient idea, and lucky star was used by writers from Shakespeare to the present. The precise phrase appears in a compendium of English idioms compiled by J. Burvenich in 1905. Also see thank one's lucky stars.
See also: born, lucky, star

strike it rich

Also, strike oil or strike it lucky. Experience sudden financial success, as in He never dreamed that he'd strike it rich this soon, or They really struck oil with that investment, or One of these days we'll strike it lucky. The first of these idioms originated in mining, where it referred to finding a rich mineral deposit. [Colloquial; second half of 1800s]
See also: rich, strike

thank one's lucky stars

Be grateful for good fortune, as in I thank my lucky stars that I wasn't on that plane that crashed. This phrase, which reflects the ancient belief in the influence of stars over human destinies, appeared in slightly different form in Ben Jonson's play Every Man Out of His Humour (1599): "I thank my Stars for it." The exact locution dates from the 1800s and is more a general expression of relief than of belief in the stars' protection. Also see thank god.
See also: lucky, star, thank

the breaks

Pieces of luck, turns of events, as in No matter how well he pitches, the team always makes fielding errors-that's the breaks, I guess , or There's not much you can do if the breaks are against you. In the singular and modified forms, this term becomes good or bad or lucky break . In the plural form, only the context determines its favorable or unfavorable meaning. [Slang; early 1900s] Also see tough break.
See also: break

strike lucky


strike it lucky

COMMON If someone strikes lucky or strikes it lucky, they suddenly have some good luck. I arrived at 12.30 to give myself time to find a parking meter, but struck lucky immediately. The lottery mainly takes money from the poorest people, who dream of striking it lucky. Note: This expression has its origins in mining in the 19th century. It refers to someone finding the minerals or oil that they were looking for. `Strike oil' is based on the same idea.
See also: lucky, strike

strike it rich

If you strike it rich, you suddenly earn or win a large amount of money. He struck it rich with his first novel. Commerce seems to offer graduates more opportunities to strike it rich.
See also: rich, strike

lucky dog

n. a lucky person, perhaps undeserving. (Also a term of address. Older than the more recent use of dogg = buddy, guy.) Bart was a lucky dog because he won the football pool.
See also: dog, lucky

strike it rich

tv. to become rich suddenly. Pete is the kind of guy who wants to strike it rich and live in the lap of luxury for the rest of his life.
See also: rich, strike

strike it rich

To have sudden financial success.
See also: rich, strike
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